Gabbay: I'm not going anywhere

Zionist Union chairman says he won't step down because of the polls.

Hezki Baruch ,

Avi Gabbay
Avi Gabbay
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Zionist Union chairman Avi Gabbay on Saturday slammed senior members of the Labor party who called on him to resign in the wake of recent polls which showed the party continuing to decline.

"I'm not going anywhere. There are people in the party who still haven’t accepted the fact that they lost to me," Gabbay said at a conference with Labor members in Nazareth. "Those who will not join in the party's success will pay for it in the primaries.”

On Saturday night, in an interview on Hadashot TV, Gabbay said that it was not he who had canceled early elections.

"I'm busy all day preparing for elections, that's what I do. I want elections as early as possible. Whether in September or June is not really important," he said.

A Channel 10 News poll from last week found the party would win only 11 Knesset seats, down 13 seats from the current Knesset.

The poll also revealed that the Likud, led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, would win 29 Knesset seats. Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party would be in second place with 24 seats, and the Joint List would win 13 seats. The Jewish Home would win 11 seats according to the poll, Meretz would have 9, Kulanu and Yisrael Beytenu would each win 6, as would United Torah Judaism.

A poll carried out for the Likud party and quoted by the Israel Hayom newspaper on Friday gave the Zionist Union 10 seats and found that the Likud would win 39 seats if elections were to be held today.