Labor splintering? Former chair attacks Herzog

Yechimovich asserts current Labor leader should have spoken with party members before announcing
'two-state solution' unfeasible.

Cynthia Blank,

Yechimovich and Herzog
Yechimovich and Herzog
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MK Shelly Yechimovich (Zionist Union) attacked party chairman Yitzhak Herzog on Sunday, asserting his recent statements to the media about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were not coordinated with Labor party members beforehand. 

Herzog admitted to Army Radio last week that a “two-state solution” is not feasible at this time, saying, "I want to aspire to it, I want to negotiate it, and I am committed to it, but I do not see the ability to do that now."

"In the absence of the ability to do that right now," Herzog continued, "there is a need to implement security measures that match the reality on the ground, and these measures require separation from the Palestinians."

He voiced similar comments on Friday during a meeting with French President Francois Hollande and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

“The hatred and incitement among the Palestinians is too big, the hostility between the two peoples and the inability of the leaders prevent [the two-state solution]," he told them. "Separation and security are the necessary first steps on the way to the vision of two states."

During an interview with Reshet Bet on Sunday, Yechimovich slammed the Labor chairman, declaring that media reports on his remarks were the first time she had heard of Herzog's new, more right-leaning, political plan. 

According to the former Labor leader, before announcing such a plan Herzog should have discussed it with party members, especially as it veers from the beliefs of many of the party's Knesset members. 

Yechimovich added that she believes the current wave of Arab terror has accelerated the need for diplomatic efforts with Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who, she asserts, "could be the last pragmatic Palestinian leader."