Lawmakers battle for leadership of the Left (JERUSALEM POST) By GIL HOFFMAN 04/02/12)
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Three dovish parties held political rallies a few blocks away from
each other in Tel Aviv Sunday night in a sign that the battle for the
leadership of the Left has begun.
Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich fired the opening shot when she told
her supporters over the weekend that she would be the Center-Left
bloc’s candidate for prime minister.
She continued trumpeting her party’s potential Sunday night when she
told Labor activists that their party could beat Likud.
“We are the largest party in the [Center-Left] bloc,” she said during
a Labor rally at a Tel Aviv hall hosted by faction chairman Isaac
“We are the only alternative to [Prime Minister] Binyamin Netanyahu,
not because of one poll or another but because we have a true path
that we will lead and stick to, and use to defeat Netanyahu.”
Yacimovich acknowledged that such a scenario currently appeared
unlikely, but she said the goal could be achieved with enough hard
Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On mocked Yacimovich’s pretensions at a
parlor meeting in a Tel Aviv pub.
“Labor and Kadima are fighting over who will be the top partner in
Netanyahu’s next government,” Gal-On said.
“Anyone who wants a Center- Left government must give their vote to
Meretz, which is the only party that would not join a Netanyahu-led
government under any circumstance.”
At a pre-Passover toast for members of his Independence Party,
Defense Minister Ehud Barak complained that while the Likud has had
just four leaders, in the past decade Labor has had seven, Kadima
four and Meretz three.
“I see new leaders in Meretz, Labor and Kadima,” Barak said. “It is
unfortunate to see what is happening on the Left. There is no
stability and no ability to focus on regaining power. There is a
tendency to fight to no end.” (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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