Yacimovich: Offer to Livni to join Labor stands

Labor postpones convention in reported attempt to give time to efforts to form Center-Left bloc ahead of deadline to submit lists.

Shelly, Livni 370 (photo credit: Facebook)
Shelly, Livni 370
(photo credit: Facebook)
Labor Leader Shelly Yacimovich stated Tuesday that her offer to Tzipi Livni to join the party still stands, as Labor postponed it's convention scheduled to be held Wednesday in a reported attempt to give efforts to combine with Livni's party a chance.
"Twenty-four hours are left to submit candidate lists. As far as I'm concerned, until the last minute Livni can respond to my offer and join us," Yacimovich told Channel 10 on Wednesday, referring to Thursday's 10 p.m. deadline.
Army Radio reported on Wednesday that Labor's decision to postpone its convention to Thursday, was made in order to give more time to ongoing discussions about the possible formation of a Left-Center bloc.
Yacimovich told Channel 10 Tuesday that a "rotation" by which she and Livni would alternately hold the top spot in Labor was not an option, because Labor is a democratically-elected party.
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There have also been talks about Livni merging with Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid, however sources said Monday that they had not made significant progress.
"Everyone is talking to everyone but nothing is concrete,” a Livni adviser said. “Tzipi said all options for enlarging the bloc and giving a fight to Likud are still on the table.”
Former prime minister Ehud Olmert returned from the United States late Tuesday. A delegation met with him following his arrival to try to pressure him to run at the helm of Kadima, but senior officials in the party said they doubted he would do so.
Gil Hoffman contributed to this report.