Bad news for Herzog? Labor is considering 'steps'

Yechimovich, who lost Labor leadership in primaries Herzog is being investigated over, warns that things are 'getting more serious.'

Ari Yashar ,

Shelly Yechimovich, Yitzhak Herzog
Shelly Yechimovich, Yitzhak Herzog
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MK Shelly Yechimovich (Zionist Union) on Sunday spoke about the criminal investigation against the head of her Labor faction in the Zionist Union joint list, MK Yitzhak Herzog, indicating that the police questioning may spark a shuffle-up in the party.

Herzog was questioned under warning on Sunday over suspicions that he accepted forbidden donations, did not report the donations and handed in a false declaration, all in connection with the 2013 Labor party primaries - in which he ousted Yechimovich from the party leadership.

"I am convinced that the welfare of the party and the Opposition remains before the eyes of Herzog," said Yechimovich.

"I will act in cooperation with him and my fellow party members in order to decide what steps to take," she continued.

Giving a subtle hint that the investigation developments may lead Herzog to be booted, she added, "there is no doubt that the questioning under warning of the party chairperson and the Opposition chairperson makes the situation more serious. I completely rely on the police and the law authorities."

Just last Tuesday Yechimovich suggested that Herzog should consider stepping down over the controversy - echoing similar views aired by another fellow MK earlier in the day.

Herzog has denied the suspicions against him, and accused members of his own party of instigating the investigation as part of an "election campaign," while threatening that he would "kick" back.

The Zionist Union chairperson was involved in the 1999 "Amutot Barak" (Barak NGOs) scandal, in which it was charged that then Prime Minister Ehud Barak breached the party funding laws. In the case Herzog maintained his right to silence, forcing the attorney general to close the case against him due to a lack of evidence. 

Likewise Herzog was accused of another funding scandal in the elections last March via the foreign funded V-15 group - but he again kept silent.