Labor: Peretz can choose lower slots

Druze general Amal Assad turns down Labor, other parties.

July 30, 2019 01:32
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New Labor leader Amir Peretz, July 3rd, 2019

New Labor leader Amir Peretz, July 3rd, 2019. (photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)

The Labor Party will not recruit a “celebrity” for a realistic slot on the party’s list for the September 17 election, the Labor executive committee decided on Monday.

The committee, however, did give Labor leader Amir Peretz choosing privileges for the party’s eighth candidate, which has not been realistic in recent polls. Peretz has until Wednesday’s Labor convention to fill the slot, as well as others after No. 10 on the united Labor-Gesher list.

Sources close to Peretz said that he is looking to use the eighth, 11th and 12th slots for a security figure and to strengthen the Druze and Arab sectors, as well as reserve slots further down the list for Russian and Ethiopian immigrants.

The Jerusalem Post learned that Peretz offered the slot to Druze retired general, Amal Assad, who led protests against the Jewish Nation-State law. Assad turned down the offer, as well as overtures from the Democratic Union and other parties.

“Everyone wants me, but I am not interested in entering politics,” Assad told the Post.

Labor-Gesher’s top 10 candidates will be Peretz, Gesher leader Orly Levy-Abecassis, Itzik Shmuli, Merav Michaeli, Omer Bar-Lev, Revital Swid, Gesher’s Hegai Reznik, Peretz’s choice for the eighth slot, Labor secretary-general Eran Hermoni, and another candidate from Gesher who will be chosen by Levy-Abecassis.

Former MK Eitan Cabel, who was 15th on the Labor list in the April election, said he does not want to be on the list this time.

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