Chairwoman Shelly Yechimovich intends to hold elections for party office during the next six months, according to a Sunday-evening report by Channel 2 Television. The report noted Labor's only getting 15 seats in the last Knesset election and the fact that Yechimovich could wait until March to hold the primaries.
Frontrunners to challenge Yechimovich are Knesset members Eitan Cabel and Yitzchak Herzog. Also mentioned is former military-intelligence chief Amos Yadlin. Party sources estimate that she is trying to head off additional candidacies, such as former chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi of the Israel Defense Forces and Mayor Ron Huldai of Tel Aviv. They also believe she is trying to take advantage of the six-month waiting period for active participation by new members and minimize the effect of registration drives, such as one last week among workers at the port of Ashdod.