Gabbay wins right to woo generals

There are six former IDF chiefs of staff not affiliated with a party, meaning Gabbay has a handful of people to impress.

By
September 15, 2017 02:53
2 minute read.
Avi Gabbay

Avi Gabbay. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Labor chairman Avi Gabbay passed sweeping changes in his party’s constitution at a convention on Thursday that will aid his efforts to recruit former generals.

The changes give Gabbay the right to select four candidates in realistic slots for the next Knesset, two of whom would be placed in the top 10 on the list. Gabbay said this week that if he became prime minister, he would appoint a former IDF chief of staff as his defense minister.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


There are six former IDF chiefs of staff who are currently not part of an existing political party: Gabi Ashkenazi, Ehud Barak, Benny Gantz, Dan Halutz, Shaul Mofaz and Moshe Ya’alon. The Jerusalem Post asked all six if they were interested in a reserved slot on the Labor list and none agreed to comment.

The changes approved at the convention make Gabbay the strongest chairman ever in the storied history of his party and its forerunners. The new Labor leader also received the right to choose the party’s faction head, Knesset committee chairmen, and which MKs will serve on each committee.

“We have one goal – to bring change to Israel, and we will reach this goal if we win,” Gabbay said. “There will be no more camps in Labor.”

Former Labor chairman MK Amir Peretz, who lost to Gabbay in the July 10 party leadership race, challenged Gabbay, saying that it is wrong to give him the right to reserve slots without knowing who they were for. He said he would welcome reserved slots for Ashkenazi or Gantz Peretz said Gabbay’s changes were undemocratic. He warned him against receiving advice from “the tweeter who brought our party down to 13 [Knesset] seats,” referring to Barak.

After the vote, Peretz hinted he would have won if the vote was conducted by secret ballot.



A request for a secret-ballot vote by an activist loyal to Peretz was rejected by an internal Labor court. Another court ruled on Thursday that Labor must hold elections for party institutions by April, which Peretz said was good news for him.

Unlike previous Labor conventions, Gabbay did not let the event be emceed by the party’s secretary-general, Eran Hermoni.

Hermoni delivered a fiery speech in which he defended his opposition to Gabbay.

“I fought against proposals that would harm Labor, because that is what happens in a democratic party,” Hermoni said.

Related Content

August 17, 2018
Netanyahu interrogated for four hours in Case 4000 media bribery probe

By TAMARA ZIEVE