Israel’s Labor Party ousts chairman in leadership vote as it struggles to challenge Netanyahu
Sraeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog was fired during the first round of the Labor Party elections on Tuesday as the political movement that has led the country for years continues its struggle to regain its relevance.
The primary election was won by Amir Peretz, former Labor president and Minister of Defense, with 33% of the votes. Avi Gabbay, a newcomer who won a center-right party in the coalition of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was second with 27%. Peretz and Gabbay are facing the election on July 10 to determine who becomes the new president of the party and the leader of the opposition.
Herzog finished in a distant third place with 17% of the votes.
Although the party is currently leader of the opposition bloc in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, fighting the Labor a latent peace process, an electorate that has moved to the right in recent years and an apparent lack of a Charismatic political leader to revive the party base and attract new fans.
Opinion polls on television in the spring suggested the party would lose half of its seats in the current parliament and could finish fourth or fifth, reflecting the strong attraction Herzog.
The success of Peretz and Gabbay, which both have Moroccan roots, increasing the possibility that they may increase the party’s appeal among Israel’s Middle Eastern Israeli population, which resembles Labor as a party of ‘secular European elites and prefers the party Likud of Netanyahu.
“We are not a closed club,” Gabbay told supporters after the results were released.
Since the Camp David peace talks in 2000 collapsed and led to a Palestinian uprising, leading to the fall of the last Labor-led government, the party has struggled to articulate a new vision of diplomacy national security And the peace of Israel, according to analysts.
Waves of conflict with Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian attackers solitary wolf and regional instability, shook Israel’s optimism about a peace agreement and strengthen right-wing parties in Parliament. Meanwhile, Labor voters have fired seven party leaders since 2001.
As hopes for a peace agreement with the Palestinians have dwindled, the party focused on recent elections on socio-economic issues, hoping to come to terms with the middle-class and working-class voters pressed for it. Increase in housing costs.