Israeli-Arab man casts his vote elections voting 370 (R).
(photo credit: Ammar Awad / Reuters)
When the man whom voters awarded second place in their party’s primary jumps ship for another party a mere week later, it’s hard to deny that voters made a colossal mistake. Yet despite the Amir Peretz debacle, Labor’s primary, like Likud’s, produced welcome results overall. And the same is true of one of the few other parties to hold primaries, Habayit Hayehudi.Since Labor is projected to win more than twice as many seats this election as it had in the last Knesset, many members of its slate have no parliamentary record to evaluate. Its primary was therefore less about assessing past performance than about reinforcing the important message voters sent by electing Shelly Yacimovich as party leader: They are sick and tired of politicians focusing on diplomatic issues to the exclusion of all else; they want their party to focus on solving Israel’s domestic problems.