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Labor Party Must Learn From Gabbay's Mistakes

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12.06.2019

Labor Party chairman Avi Gabbay did the right thing when he announced on Tuesday that he won’t run for reelection as the party’s leader. Gabbay was elected chairman in July 2017 with 52 percent of the vote after beating Amir Peretz in the second round of the primary. Though his victory was welcomed euphorically by Labor voters, the party under his leadership won just six Knesset seats in the recent election. That’s an embarrassing result, both compared to the labor movement’s glorious history and compared to its results in the 2015 election, when the Zionist Union joint ticket, headed by Labor’s Isaac Herzog and Hatnuah’s Tzipi Livni, won 24 seats.

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Gabbay recognized his failure. “We went on the campaign with an infinite number of problems from every direction, a campaign full of complex challenges, both internal and external,........

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