Herzog, Yacimovich unable to compromise on race date

The date will have to be decided ahead of the next Labor convention, which is tentatively set for July 10 but could be delayed due to a European soccer game.

By
June 26, 2016 22:01
1 minute read.
Isaac Herzog

Isaac Herzog. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 
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 uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • 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 Secretary-General Hilik Bar did not succeed in his effort to bring about a compromise date for the next party leadership race on which all possible candidates could agree.

Current party chairman Isaac Herzog entrusted Bar, who is not part of any camp in the party, to mediate among MKs Shelly Yacimovich, Isaac Herzog, Amir Peretz, and Herzog. He was supposed to reach a compromise by 10 days ago.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


But as of Sunday, Herzog and Yacimovich remained a full year apart. Yacimovich wants the race to be held at the end of 2016 but Herzog is insisting on it only being held at the end of 2017.

Margalit and Peretz called for holding the race in the spring of 2017, which could have been a compromise date. But neither Herzog, nor Yacimovich have been willing to budge.

The date will have to be decided ahead of the next Labor convention, which is tentatively set for July 10 but could be delayed due to a European soccer game.

“The public is judging us and expects [us] to unite and fight to replace Netanyahu, not fight with each other over when to fight with each other,” Bar said.

In an interview with Army Radio Sunday, Herzog called for former prime minister and Labor chairman Ehud Barak to return to the party as part of a bloc of Center-Left parties Herzog hopes to lead ahead of the next election. Barak has been very critical of Netanyahu but he said he was not interested in running for Knesset.



Speaking from London, Herzog said the last election in Israel did not reflect the views of the public on the Palestinian state issue and the public should be allowed to decide. But he stopped short of calling for a referendum of Israelis on the issue, which is supported by Peace Now and by Herzog’s number two in the Zionist Union faction, MK Tzipi Livni. His associates said a referendum was one of a number of possible tools for testing Israeli public opinion on two states for two peoples.

Related Content

epipen
July 18, 2018
Knesset passes EpiPen law

By OREN OPPENHEIM