(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Although labor leadership candidates expressed concern on Wednesday about a possible new superstar candidate, no new candidates joined the race prior to Thursday’s 4 p.m. deadline.
The candidates who submitted their documents to run as of Wednesday night were incumbent Isaac Herzog, MKs Erel Margalit and Amir Peretz, former environmental protection minister Avi Gabbay, former OC Northern Command Amiram Levin, historian Avner Ben-Zaken and Ra’anana Labor activist Hod Karubi.
MK Omer Bar Lev will submit his forms on Thursday.
MK Stav Shaffir, former OC Southern Command Yom Tov Samia, and attorney Eldad Yaniv are still considering running. But there also a possibility that an unexpected candidate will register.
Former IDF chiefs Gabi Ashkenazi, Benny Gantz and Ehud Barak cannot join the race because they did not become members of the party in time. But a special Labor convention can be called if any of them decide he wants to run.
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, who is a party member, decided not to run.
Bar-Lev angered Likudniks on social media Wednesday when he referred to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as an ahabal – slang for imbecile – for refusing to meet with visiting German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel if he met with the heads of far-left groups B’Tselem – The Israel Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories and Breaking the Silence.
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