Labor To Remain in Opposition

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The Labor Party will not join the governing coalition currently being forged by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Less than a week after voters gave Labor only 15 Knesset seats, party members convened Sunday for their first and very stormy faction meeting in Tel Aviv to discuss what was dubbed a failed political campaign.

Some party members voiced harsh criticism of Labor Party Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich, claiming she failed to update party members during the election campaign. Nonetheless, the faction decided not to join the government, with Yachimovich reiterating her previous statement: “We will not join the coalition.”

Some of Yachimovich’s biggest critics were veteran MKs Binyamin Ben-Eliezer and Eitan Cabel as well as soon-to-be MKs Miki Rozental and Erel Margalit.

Rozental fumed over Yachimovich’s failure to update party members regarding a conversation she held with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the publication of the election results, in which she informed him “It was decided we will sit in the opposition.”

Additionally, a source who was present at the meeting said Cabel “talked about democratic processes within the party and discussed the party’s constitution. He seemed to insinuate that the party’s primaries should be held in the not-so-distant future. Not tomorrow, but sometime soon.”

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