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Bad News for Labor? Peace Now Head Runs for MK

Peace Now Director Yariv Oppenheimer quits in order to bid for a Knesset seat with Labor, which may not be enthused.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 10/22/2012, 11:34 AM

Yariv Oppenheimer
Yariv Oppenheimer
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Peace Now Director Yariv Oppenheimer has quit in order to bid for a Knesset seat with Labor, which may not be enthused.  

Oppenheimer, who previously has failed in attempts to make it to the Knesset, is running under the slogan, “Yariv is strong against the right.”

Knesset Member Shelly Yechimovich, head of the Labor party, has not responded to Oppenheimer’s announcement, but his focus on expelling Jews from all of Judea and Samaria as well as areas of Jerusalem may be the last thing Yechimovich needs.

She has put social affairs, women’s rights and the rich-poor gap at the top of her agenda. The Labor leader has largely left alone the “peace process” issue and once agreed  to be interviewed by Arutz Sheva but only on condition that the topic not be discussed because she wanted to focus on social issues.

Yechimovich also has previously stated that she does not necessarily agree that Jews do not have a right to live in Judea and Samaria. If Oppenheimer wins a place in the Labor primaries that would give him a reasonable chance to be elected, Labor could be adversely affected because Oppenheimer’s views are closer to those of the left-wing Meretz and Arab-dominated Hadash parties.

Reacting to Oppenheimer’s attempt to become a Knesset Member, Likud MK Danny Danon said, “It seems the Labor party is changing into a branch of Meretz and Hadash and adopts the extreme and destructive leftist view.”

He described Oppenheimer as an “anarchist whos values are identical with those of Meretz and Hadash, funded by the New Israel Fund that helps Israel’s enemies.”