The former justice and foreign minister says her party won't run in upcoming election: 'I am leaving politics but I will not allow the hope for peace to leave Israel'
Israel Labor Party
Israel's Labor Party, (Mifleget Ha'Avoda in Hebrew), was established in 1968 when predecessor Mapai united with the Ahdut Ha'Avoda and Rafi parties. It is currently headed by Ehud Barak.Defined as social democratic, Labor has long been the dominant center-left party in Israel, although its popularity among voters has steadily waned over the past decade. The Labor Party - and its various previous incarnations - was for many years the single hegemonic political party in Israel, leading every government from 1948 until Menachem Begin's Likud first came to power in 1977. The past decade has seen a decline in Labor's influence in Israeli politics. In the 2009 general elections, the party, led once again by former prime minister Ehud Barak, won just 13 Knesset seats, making it the fourth largest political party in Israel behind Likud, Kadima and Yisrael Beiteinu. Labor "supports the policy of social pluralism and equality, and since the 1990's, a free market “with a soul' economic policy." In the political arena, despite most of its leaders having a military background, Labor has traditionally led a pragmatic, more compromising approach to solving Israel's geo-political issues with neighboring Arab countries and the Palestinians. Past leaders of the party include David Ben-Gurion, Moshe Sharett, Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Moshe Dayan, Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, and Amir Peretz. Barak, the current leader, took the party to a decisive victory in 1999, ending Benjamin Netanyahu's first tenure as prime minister. But Barak's defeat at the hands of Ariel Sharon just two years later marked the start of Labor's decline, which has persisted to this day. The establishment of Kadima by Sharon in 2005 drew several prominent Labor lawmakers away from the party, and also pulled in some of its voters, who felt comfortable with Sharon in light of his decision to end Israel's presence in the Gaza Strip. Following his electoral defeat in 2001, Barak disappeared from Israeli politics for several years, only to reemerge in 2005. In 2007, he defeated then party chief Amir Peretz in a leadership race, and reassumed the post of Labor leader. His decision to take Labor into Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud-led government following the 2009 general elections has led many to view the party as having lost its way, and created internal tensions. These tensions led to the resignation of prominent party MK Ophir Pines-Paz in January 2010. Pines-Paz was part of a group of Labor “rebels” who considered leaving Labor to form a new party more compatible with what they believe to be Labor's true platform.
Hosen L’Yisrael is predicted 18-20 Knesset seats, while Netanyahu's Likud maintains solid 30
Benny Gantz very much wants to unite with a party keen on socio-economic affairs, but is getting a cold shoulder ■ Center-left groupings seem unlikely, but don't count them out just yet
Election board chairman says proposed campaign push for public transport on Saturday constitutes 'gift' to potential voters
This pathology grows stronger in the face of the stability of right-wing rule, especially the imperial kind like that of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
How is it possible to be so compassionate and so conscientious, and ignore absolute evil?
Voters in the Monday primary shared criticism of party chairman Avi Gabbay, but agreed that the old-time left-wing, social agenda of the party is still the only way to go
It’s still the party that supports a diplomatic solution based on partition, the defense of liberal democracy and a change in the economic and social realities that weigh on so many people
The 23-year Knesset veteran is low on the party’s slate, even though he pushed through legislation that made life easier for everyday Israelis
The party would now win eight seats, according to a poll by Channel 13 News, or 14 seats if it ran on a joint ticket with the left-wing Meretz party
Labor has ceased to be a ruling party – and five other takeaways from Monday's primary
Labor’s diverse Knesset list is to Likud’s all-Ashkenazi male makeup as U.S Democrats are to Republicans, more or less
Gabbay should explain that the right is leading us to annexation of the territories, and therefore to the establishment of a binational state, which means an end to the Zionist dream
Itzik Shmuli elected to first place, followed by Stav Shaffir, Shelly Yacimovich, Amir Peretz and Merav Michaeli
Public opinion polls forecast a grim future for Israel's founding party. This dismal horizon will have party newcomers scrapping for member votes, who appear to remain indifferent
While Merav Michaeli and Stav Shaffir campaign for Labor ahead of Monday's primary, both women already have their sights set on a post-Gabbay future
Contrary to the media propaganda against him, hated American president knows how to formulate new approaches that can change reality
Keeping it alive by artificial means will only humiliate the suffering patient and obscure its former greatness
Historic Israeli party heads for primary election amid serious concern that it won't make it into the next Knesset after the April 9 national ballot
A senior Labor Party official suggested that a joint slate would cause a split in his party, and Meretz members are concerned that it would come at the expense of the party's left-wing positions
There is a simple way to be rid of both the evils of the primaries in both Likud and Labour, and the enervating arbitrariness of parties led by one autocratic leader
Labor's Gabbay refuses to look reality in the eye, and is willing to burn down the house with all its inhabitants
Gantz's Hosen L'Yisrael would get 22 seats, second only to Likud's 30. Labor, meanwhile, nearly evaporates with only five seats – just one above the electoral threshold
With historic low in polls, Avi Gabbay's party aims to lure voters who want Netanyahu ousted using a campaign video that spoils the plots of famous TV shows
No real change will come with the help of Benny Gantz’s troops alone. They desperately need a strong, living, breathing Zionist left
The two parties on the social-democratic left need to unite for their own survival, and the demands they could make of a Gantz government would push us all forward
Haaretz sent a list of questions to all political parties, asking their positions on a range of issues from the right to strike to drafting ultra-Orthodox men into the army
Every election in recent years has been called 'crucial.' Parties pop up and disappear. Generals come and go. And the country still needs a new left
There are very few cases in Israeli politics in which justice is meted out as it is to the Labor and Meretz parties, which have abused their office and are now being punished
Citing 'ideological differences' with Meretz, Avi Gabbay says Labor is the only alternative to Netanyahu ■ Meretz head Zandberg: 'Confident and clear left is only alternative to extreme and racist right'