The candidates for leadership of the Israeli Zionist Camp party attacked current leader Isaac Herzog and spoke against any possibility of joining Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition.


Peretz Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/ Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

The candidates for leadership of the Israeli Zionist Camp party, MK Amir Peretz and former Minister Avi Gabay, both criticized the current chairman of the party and the Opposition leader Isaac Herzog.

Peretz, a former Minister of Defense, stated that if he will be elected as head of the party, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will face a strong opposition. “Netanyahu should stop playing his shameful games,” he said. “There is no possibility for a united government or an entry into the right-wing government led by Netanyahu…Netanyahu is afraid of my election because he knows that I am the only one who can beat him. I beat him in the past and I will do it again.”


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Gabay, who acted as a Minister under Netanyahu’s government in the past, followed a similar sentiment. “I’m sorry for the internal party clashes that are leaking out,” he said. “The date of the elections should not be postponed…The intention behind postponing the election is to join Netanyahu’s government. It must not happen.”


Herzog Photo credit: Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

“I remind those who forgot,” he added. “That we lost 12 mandates after such attempts to enter the government. It harms the party and its ambition to return to power. The party lost its identity and that’s why voters are leaving it.”