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Israeli Labor Party Suffers Major Setback

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16 Jan 2019 (All day)
Israeli Labor Party Suffers Major Setback
Labor MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin, a highly popular lawmaker who has publically opposed many policies of party chief Avi Gabbay, announced Wednesday morning that she won’t be a candidate for the upcoming Knesset elections, citing the dramatic changes in the Labor Party. Analysts were quick to speculate about the possibility that the move would erode Labors support in the elections scheduled for 9 April. "I started working in politics when I was 20-years-old and I will continue to work in politics," Nahmias-Verbin wrote her supporters. "Despite the great support I receive, my home is not the same home it was before." She added a re-iteration of her strong opposition to Gabbay’s decision to terminate Labor’s partnership with the Hatnua party led by Tzipi Livni, saying it was a "strategic mistake that will cause great harm to chances to replace the government."

Her announcement was met with statements of regret from many of her colleagues and Labor Party activists.

Gabbay spent Tuesday at campaign events for and with Labor candidates at different events around the country, including an event at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv alongside candidate Henrique Cymerman, with whom Gabbay has travelled to visit several Arab countries over the last several months. At that event, he promised to open a dialogue with the Arab League if he becomes Prime Minister in order to discuss options for moving forward with a regional peace plan.

“The diplomatic stalemate does not bring us more security but rather endangers us,” Gabbay said. “The fruit of such an agreement would be secure lives for Israeli citizens, opportunities for socioeconmic cooperation, and true normalization with a significant amount of Arab and Muslim countries.”

Here is a video in which some analysis is given on the upcoming elections

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