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Both Peretz and Levy-Abecassis praised Reznik as a strong addition to the list.
Barak bashes Labor-Gesher merger as “niche party.”
Meretz expressed frustration with the decision, saying that "Amir Peretz is repeating Avi Gabbay's mistake."
The choice of Shmuly and Shaffir signaled a generational change in the ruling party and may have set them up as the main contestants in the next Labor leadership race.
By GIL HOFFMAN
The sun came out, and so did Labor’s members. There were long lines in polling stations across the country, forcing an additional half hour of voting.
President of the Zionist Federation of Australia, Jeremy Leibler, said that the challenges facing Israel under a Labor government will center around three major issues.
By HERB KEINON
“Today we are electing the best team for the next Knesset and the next government of Israel,” party Chairman Avi Gabbay said.
The current state of the Labor Party heading into the coming elections seems a serious fall.
By SUSAN HATTIS ROLEF
The 44 candidates running will be competing over very few realistic slots. Party leader Avi Gabbay will be first on the list.
Labor has focused until now on socioeconomic issues under Gabbay, a decision that has led in part to the party receiving only four to seven seats in polls published over the weekend.
The country must "ensure that our children succeed here and not flee to Berlin," said Shaffir.
By TAMAR BEERI
The Labor primary next week will find a once-powerful body struggling to survive.
“I woke up to reports that Gabbay had decided to lower the diplomatic banner, because what Tzipi Livni talks about is not interesting.”
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