Former Israeli Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabai, who resigned from his position in protest of the gas deal, announced this morning that he would be joining the Labor Party. Gabai is currently contemplating running for head of the party but has yet to decide.







Former Israeli Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabai

Former Israeli Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabai Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90

Former Israeli Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabai, one of the Kulanu Party founders, resigned from his position about six months ago in protest of the gas deal that JOL reported about several months ago. Just this week, Gabai was interviewed on the popular Israeli investigative series “Fact” in which he harshly criticized the conduct of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his coalition and, today (Thursday), Gabai officially announced that he will be joining the Israeli Labor Party. He is contemplating running for head of the party, but is still undecided.

“Half a year after leaving the government, I am beginning a new journey,” Gabai wrote. “I have joined the Labor Party in order to return the country on its track. I need you all there with me. Register to vote. We are aiming high and we will win.”

On a website that Gabai created in order to run for head of the Labor Party, he published a letter criticizing the Israeli government’s conduct and stating his doubts. “Those who know me know that I am a person who does not like to be captive to conceptions,” Gabai wrote. “Therefore, every day since my resignation, I have asked myself if in fact I had to resign.”

Gabai added that he has not changed his mind, claiming that the Israeli public increasingly sees how Netanyahu and the coalition have strayed from their path. “They have simply lost it,” Gabai continued. “Whether it is the obsession of closing a broadcasting corporation that has just started rising, the affair of the submarines and ships that were purchased with family and associate involvement, the continued unrestrained attacks on the media as if it determines reality rather than the government, and ending with the Regulation Law which constituted as a catalyst to the political disaster within the UN Security Council. Unfortunately for all of us, this is only a partial list.”