New Labor Leader Avi Gabbay Claims He Can Defeat Netanyahu

Avi Gabbay
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The Jerusalem Post reports: Former environmental protection minister Avi Gabbay, who joined Labor only six months ago, swept the party off its feet and emerged victorious in Monday’s close runoff race against veteran MK and former Labor chairman Amir Peretz. Gabbay won 16,080 votes, which was 52% of the vote, while Peretz won 14,734 votes, or 47%.

Gabbay dedicated his victory to “those who have eulogized the party, those who have given up hope, and those who did not believe a positive campaign could win.” In his victory speech, Gabbay promised that Labor was starting a path on the way to a new government in Israel.

He reached out in the speech to Peretz and said he needed him by his side. Gabbay criticized Netanyahu, saying an honest leader should not represent a submarine company.

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