Avi Nissenkorn leaves Huldai party, will not run in elections

Former Justice Minister announces break from politics weeks after joining Tel Aviv mayor's new Israelis party.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Avi Nissenkorn
Avi Nissenkorn
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Former Justice Minister Advocate Avi Nissenkorn informed Israelis party leader Ron Huldai of his decision to take a break from political life, just weeks after joining his party.

In response to Nissenkorn's, Huldai said, "I respect Avi and his choice and thank him for the common path. I will continue to work tirelessly to unite the center-left camp."

"It is clear to everyone that the only way to generate significant power is together, and everyone will have to give up something. The public rightly demands unification now - and I am focused on that," he added.

Former Minister Avi Nissenkorn published a post in which he explained his decision: "I have been a public figure for a long time. I am taking a time-out today. In all my public positions, I stood by my values ​​and fought for them. As Minister of Justice and a Member of the Knesset, I prevented serious damage to the independence of the gatekeepers and the status of judges. I prevented dangerous politicization of the legal system. Even when the struggle involved a personal cost, I did not deviate from the path and did not bend in the face of attempts to sabotage and weaken the foundations of the rule of law."

"At the same time, in many decisions as Minister of Justice, I also strengthened the rights of the individual and the citizen. I fought discrimination and racism, I promoted gender equality, the rights of the proud community and equality among all Israeli citizens," he added.

He said, "Even in my previous position as chairman of the Histadrut, I put value considerations at the top of my priorities. I fought and brought about achievements in order to reduce gaps in the company - raising the minimum wage by NIS 1,000, improving disability and nursing benefits, reducing the number of contractor workers and improving their rights, shortening the work week, integrating people with disabilities and more."

"The choice to join the Israelis party was ideological in order to promote the same values," Nissenkorn stressed. I appreciate Ron Huldai and all the candidates on the Israelis list. However, when the camp needs connections to survive, and there are many parties and candidates, it is also good to know how to step aside and take a break. That is what I do today."

"I will continue to assist as much as I can in the fight against corruption, division and incitement, and for the sake of a social economy and a stable democracy," Nissenkorn concluded..



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