Labor’s Avi Gabbay steps down as leader, announces retirement from politics

June 13, 2019 by JNS
Read on for article

The head of Israel’s Labor Party, Avi Gabbay, announced on Wednesday that he is stepping down as party leader and will retire from politics ahead of the September elections.

Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay discussing a bill to dissolve the Knesset, May 29, 2019. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

“The party is in a great crisis, and I do not absolve myself of responsibility,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

The decision by Gabbay to step down comes as the Labor Party, which dominated Israeli politics for the first few decades of the state’s existence, remains in turmoil over the direction the party will take following the party’s worst-ever showing during the April election where it garnered only six seats.

There have been rumours that left-wing Labor Party may merge with the staunch left-wing Meretz Party ahead of elections.

The party will hold a primary for its leadership on July 2.

Several current and former Labor politicians are expected to vie for the leadership, including Amir Peretz, Stav Shaffir, Itzik Shmuli, Yair Golan and possibly even former Israeli prime minister and defence minister Ehud Barak.


Speak Your Mind

Comments received without a full name will not be considered
Email addresses are NEVER published! All comments are moderated. J-Wire will publish considered comments by people who provide a real name and email address. Comments that are abusive, rude, defamatory or which contain offensive language will not be published

Got something to say about this?

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.