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If both Gabbay and Rousso quit, they would be replaced by the next candidates on the Labor list, former MKs Merav Michaeli and Omer Bar-Lev.
Barak’s return to politics provides the Center and Center-Left with the chance to unseat Netanyahu.
Dance instructor David Landesman joined the Labor race ahead of deadline.
The Likud has been looking for opposition MKs to defect to the coalition in return for portfolios. Channel 12 reported that the Likud had made such an offer to Gabbay.
By GIL HOFFMAN
The proposal to hold primaries was proposed by current party leader Avi Gabbay, after the party's failure at the national elections, in which the party received only six Knesset seats.
By LAHAV HARKOV
According to Dr. Gabriel Weimann, a professor of communication at University of Haifa, what Israel just witnessed was another step toward the “Americanization” of Israel’s political landscape.
By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN
According to Labor's constitution, after a party leader loses an election for prime minister, a new leadership race must automatically be held within 14 months.
Gabbay declined to discuss his future when reporters asked him at the President’s Residence on Tuesday.
The short-lived successes of Naftali Bennett, Avi Gabbay and Orly Levy-Abecassis had different origins, but their self-destructions were all the same.
By AMOTZ ASA-EL
MKs Itzik Shmuli and Stav Shaffir are among the possible candidates for Labor leader.
He said Gabbay's departure was the needed first step in a healing process for the party.
MK Shelly Yacimovich, who is sixth on the list, said Gabbay made many mistakes during the campaign.
The lesson that can be learned from the election is the one that none of the active politicians wanted to hear: Next time, listen to Ehud Barak.
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