Shelly Yacimovich 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
MK Isaac Herzog cannot be allowed to use his financial advantage to help him win
Thursday’s Labor primary, Shelly Yacimovich, incumbent party leader, wrote her
closest supporters on Tuesday.
Herzog has raised nearly NIS 1 million for
his campaign and Yacimovich only about NIS 300,000.
associates said that in addition to the money raised, Herzog has his own
personal wealth and that of his ally, venture capitalist Erel Margalit, who is
the richest MK in the Knesset.
“Because the big money is not on our side,
we depend on you to volunteer,” Yacimovich told her supporters.
the majority and the faith but the election will be decided in the ballot
“We will only win if our pile of votes is higher,” she
An MK close to Yacimovich said Herzog could use his financial
advantage to provide transportation to organized voting blocs in sectors where
he has an advantage, including Arabs, Druse and the South. The higher the
turnout on Thursday will be, the more likely it is that enough independent
voters came to support Yacimovich, he said.
Herzog responded to such
claims in a letter he sent to his supporters saying he was proud to have earned
backing from Labor members in all sectors all over the country.
last few days there have been attacks from the Yacimovich campaign as if all my
contributions are large and all of hers are unconnected to wealth,” he wrote. “I
can point out wealthy people among her contributors and prove that my donors
work on behalf of Israel. Some are childhood friends and others are Jewish
leaders who believe in my path.
“But what bothers me is Yacimovich’s
divisive messages against the business sector.
This approach distances
voters away from Labor.”
Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai criticized Yacimovich,
saying that she failed to connect to the wider public because she focuses too
much on the socioeconomic sector.
“Not everything is connected to the
subcontracted workers she cares so much about,” he said. “We have more of a
chance to gain mandates under Herzog.”