The ex-IDF general did not state the reasons for his withdrawal, but recent polls showed him lagging behind other candidates.

Amiram Levin

Amiram Levin Photo credit: Channel 2 News

Ex-IDF general Amiram Levin announced on Friday he is withdrawing from the race to lead the Labor party, endorsing Avi Gabai in the upcoming primary election.

Levin, who has been lagging behind in polls, said, “I’ve come to the conclusion that I needed to quit, and I am declaring my support for Avi Gabai out of a sense of responsibility.”

Gabai, Israel’s former Minister of Environmental Protection, thanked Levin for the vote of confidence. “I’m sure it wasn’t an easy decision to make,” he said. “But the polls show that the two candidates most likely to go through to the second round are Amir Peretz and myself.”

“Party members are beginning to understand that if they elect the same people again, they’ll get the same results,” Gabai added.