Cabel vows to challenge Histadrut election results

"You can call me the next head of the Histadrut," Cabel says despite losing vote to rival Ofer Eini by wide margin.

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
May 24, 2012 20:08
1 minute read.
Cabel vows to challenge Histadrut election results

Eitan Cabel 298. (photo credit: Channel 10)

 
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 MK Eitan Cabel vowed Thursday to take the Histadrut labor federation to court to challenge the results of Tuesday’s leadership race, even though he lost by a huge margin to incumbent Histadrut chief Ofer Eini.

With more than 175,000 of some 200,000 votes counted, Eini led Cabel, 66.5 percent to 33.4%. Eini’s Ogenim list for the Histadrut convention received twice as many votes as Cabel’s Bayit Hevrati list. Eini’s candidate, Galia Wallach, also beat Cabel ally Tamar Zandberg to become head of the Na’amat Women’s organization.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


“If someone thinks I will give up and not investigate how Eini ran this election, I assure you that I do not intend to rest or be silent,” Cabel said. “The Eini era is over. You can call me the next head of the Histadrut.”

Cabel vowed to lead a fighting opposition in the Histadrut using the base that he won in the race. He said he would make sure that Eini will no longer be able to get away with what he had done in the past, including pressure tactics against his critics and favoring large unions over smaller ones.

“Considering that this was a battle of David against Goliath, our achievement is huge,” Cabel said. “We were up against an organized force that did everything possible to steal the election.

Despite Eini’s scare tactics, we got a third of the members to tell him they don’t want him anymore.”

Eini responded that the vote count was done by an outside company and the election committee was headed by a former judge. He thanked his voters for their support and challenged Cabel to take his complaints to the police.



“The huge victory and clear results prove that the voters chose my path and they want me to make the Histadrut the strongest socioeconomic organization in Israel,” Eini said.

Labor Party chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich congratulated Eini and vowed to cooperate with him on behalf of workers’ rights and against the socioeconomic policies of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government.

Related Content

Riot
August 31, 2014
Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night

By DANIEL K. EISENBUD