Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.
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Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai will decide in the coming months whether or not to run against opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) for leader of Labor, he said at a cultural event in his city Saturday.
“Many people from all different parts of the nation have called on me [to run],” he said. “I am weighing and considering. I am not hurrying or jumping.”
Huldai declared that he will make a decision in the fall.
Labor’s constitution states that, if the party loses an election, it must hold a leadership primary within 14 months, which means the next vote will be held by May 2016. Labor, together with Hatnua, make up the Zionist Union faction in the Knesset, but the parties have not merged.
The Tel Aviv mayor’s statement came after, earlier this week, many Labor members received phone calls polling them as to whether they would support Huldai in a primary, and to rate his charisma, principles, trustworthiness, integrity and ability to make decisions.
Huldai, however, has said that he did not order the poll.
MK Shelly Yacimovich (Zionist Union), a former Labor chairwoman, also seems to be looking toward the primary, though publicly she says she has not made a decision as to whether or not she will run.
Earlier this month, Yacimovich opened her own private Labor membership drive, writing a Facebook post to encourage supporters to join the party. In the post, she pointed out that among the privileges party members enjoy is the ability to vote for Labor’s leader.
MK Erel Margalit (Zionist Union) is also thought to be considering another run for Labor’s leadership, and recently indicated that he is no longer firmly in Herzog’s camp by speaking out in an Israel Radio interview against the party chairman’s decision to help the coalition temporarily following the MK Oren Hazan (Likud) scandal.