Opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich sent hundreds of Labor Party members eligible to vote in Tuesday race for Histadrut chairman a message on Sunday praising incumbent Ofer Eini.
Yacimovich said in the message that her support for Eini is "personal and ideological" and not just because Labor's central committee voted to support him.
Despite the party's decision, Labor MK Eitan Cabel decided to challenge Eini in the race with the backing of several other parties. If Cabel wins the race, he would have to leave the Knesset, and he would be replaced by the next candidate on Labor's list, former MK Yoram Marciano.
In an interview with The Jerusalem Post
, Yacimovich called a potential Cabel victory "a fantasy." When asked why the race has not made headlines, she said it was because Eini was so dominant.
"There has been no coverage of the race because Eini is strong and there is no drama," she said. "I support Eini because I have believed for years in the Histadrut and unionized labor, and I understand the resuscitation Eini has done to this body."
Cabel declined to respond.