Daily Israel Report

Labor: Cabel Offers to Replace Yachimovich

Leadership fight brewing as Labor MKs realize Yachimovich will not lead them into coalition.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 3/5/2013, 10:35 AM

MK Shelly Yachimovich
MK Shelly Yachimovich
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A leadership fight is brewing in the Labor party as the party's Knesset members realize that Chairperson MK Shelly Yachimovich will not lead them into the next Coalition. Yachimovich has stated that in order for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to accept her into his coalition, he would have to make policy changes that would be tantamount to "renouncing his religion."

MK Eitan Cabel stated openly in a Channel 2 interview Tuesday that he is considering running against Yachimovich for the post of party chairperson.

MK Cabel opposes Yachimovich's decision to rule out joining the coalition under any circumstances. He said Tuesday that if Netanyahu makes a far-reaching offer for the establishment of a "center left secular" government that includes Yesh Atid, Labor, Kadima and Tzipi Livni's party, it will be difficult for Labor to refuse.

Former Labor MK Daniel Ben Simon told Arutz Sheva that he expects an internal rebellion within Labor to occur "within the next few days."