The dust hasn’t even settled yet from the battle over layoffs at Teva, and
company leadership merely postponed the decision. Some 800 Israeli citizens are
currently waiting impatiently to know if tomorrow they’ll need to find their way
to the local unemployment office.
The person who fought the hardest to
prevent Teva Pharmaceuticals from laying off these people was Labor leader
With deep conviction and faith, she urged the prime
minister and finance minister to urgently intervene, and within a few days the
layoffs were revoked.
I must also commend the efforts made by the
Histadrut chairman who joined the fight and helped win the battle. Others just
stood by and mumbled.
Teva owes us an explanation why after all of the
extremely generous tax breaks it has been receiving for years – and is still
receiving – it is not willing to reciprocate by keeping these jobs available.
After all, this is one of the reasons they received such favorable conditions in
the first place.
In the meantime, there’s been a new development with
Teva. Due to public pressure, the company has agreed to a higher tax rate and
recently paid the state more than NIS 2 billion. From now on, earnings that
until now have been “untouchable” will be used to pay higher taxes to the
Yacimovich has succeeded in returning the Labor party
to its rightful place as the head of the Israeli social-democratic camp, which
advocates equality and social justice and seeks to reduce the socio-economic gap
and fight poverty. Let’s not forget that poverty in Israel is growing and we are
ranked extremely low on the OECD list.
The Labor party was the ruling
party for many years. It was the coalition leader for many years and during
others it was a partner, and it made economic and social mistakes even during
those years. It is our obligation to try to repair the damage, and the Labor
party is proudly working towards these goals from the opposition.
her tenure as Labor party chairwoman, Yacimovich has passed more than 40 laws in
the Knesset. Many of these laws support disadvantaged individuals, citizens
living in the periphery, women, the gay community and other marginalized
The majority of Israelis can support themselves, but their true
colors come out when they show responsibility for the weak and for people
different than themselves. We should be proud of these
However, we were left with a sour taste in our mouth after
the most recent election. We had hoped for more, but we ended up with
This isn’t a reason for disappointment, but for renewed enthusiasm
to convince the Israeli people that it’s time once again for the Labor party to
lead the country.
We need to clarify what the ideological differences are
between us and the parties on the right and in the center. I am sure that many
citizens who voted for centrist parties in the previous election were
disappointed with their elected leaders’ accomplishments and are now looking for
a new political home that will protect the middle class.
The Labor party
consistently uses its 15 seats to back the government and its various
initiatives, such as the Governance Act and the Referendum Law. We are leading
the opposition in its struggle within the Knesset, as well as in public opinion.
From now on, we will also voice our opinion regarding the ongoing political
Yacimovich admits today that the Labor party was not vocal
enough regarding its political platform in the 2012 elections.
however, the party is the leading the camp and is promoting the two states for
two peoples solutions, as was shown in Yacimovich’s speech at the commencement
of the Knesset winter session.
The Labor party has undertaken the
commitment to support the prime minister in any way possible. He does not have
our votes in his pocket, but we are certainly here to support him.
Labor party faction is working diligently to expose all government
Looking back at the first year of the Likud- Yesh Atid
government, it is clear that this was yet another missed opportunity.
election preparations got underway, Yacimovich publicly declared that Labor
would not join a government lead by Binyamin Netanyahu; she was not interested
in being a fig leaf for a government whose platform was so contradictory to our
own. And that’s how it should have been.
If the time comes – and it very
well might in the upcoming years – for the Labor party to take the lead, we will
plan our moves wisely and try to alleviate the country’s socio-economic
The Labor party is gearing up for its primaries, which will
take place long after the previous national elections, and years before the next
ones. Every political battle is difficult and leaves its mark on the party.
Throughout the years, the Labor party has survived serious ideological conflicts
from within and in the end, after the dust settles, we always rally around our
democratically chosen leader.
I believe that after she is reelected,
Shelly Yacimovich will succeed in unifying all of the diverse groups within the
party and will lead the people of Israel in making real changes in the coming
years. We must reelect Yacimovich.The author is a member of Knesset
(Labor) and supports Shelly Yacimovich for the leadership of the
party.Translated by Hannah Hochner.
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