Labor Party MK Shelly Yacimovich during a committee session at the Knesset.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Labor is legendary for frequent turnover in its leadership, and a Facebook post by MK Shelly Yacimovich Sunday seemed to show that she would like the party to stick its longtime tradition.
According to Labor bylaws, if the party leader, in this case opposition leader Isaac Herzog, does not become prime minister, then the party must hold a leadership primary 14 months after the election, meaning May 2016, even though Labor merged lists with Hatnua to form Zionist Union.
Yacimovich, who was Labor chairwoman from 2011 to 2013, did not waste time in beginning to recruit supporters to the party ahead of the vote, asking them to join the party and convince their friends and family to do so and providing detailed instructions on Facebook.
“I’ll say this simply: I need you to strengthen me and help me and be my partners in the battle for what is right and just and fair against very strong forces of wealth and politics who often view me as a bone stuck in their throats,” she wrote. “You are the source of my political and moral power – not some political connections.”
Yacimovich said that now that the election is over, she will continue working for the public and “trying to do the most correct and precise political act through which we can have the greatest influence. Politics, in my eyes, are not a goal, but a tool to follow a worldview.”
In recent weeks, Yacimovich publicly challenged Herzog on more than one front.
First, she came out against Herzog sitting together with MK Tzipi Livni at the head of the table at the beginning of Zionist Union faction meetings and having Livni give a speech after him.
Last week, after Herzog was unable to broker a compromise between Yacimovich and MK Eitan Cabel over who would run the Knesset Economics Committee, the party held a vote, which Cabel won 13-8.
A spokesman for Herzog declined to comment on Yacimovich’s thinly veiled hint that she plans to run against him.
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