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  • Explained: Why many on the Left are furious at new Labor leader Avi Gabbay

    From vowing never to join forces with Arab political parties to saying there's no reason to remove settlements, Labor's new leader has alienated many on the Left in recent months. His latest move, supporting the deportation of asylum seekers, is different. Last July, Avi Gabbay was elected chairman of the Labor party on the promise to return the party to power. Since then, Gabbay has staked out positions considerably to the right of Labor’s traditional base, leaving many on the Left frustrated, even devastated. Labor gained ground in the 2015 elections because it cast itself as the anti-Netanyahu; now, Labor…

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  • Pandering to the Right is a losing strategy for Labor

    Israel's Labor Party must decide what it stands for before the next round of elections. Without a true vision for the country, there’s really no reason it should win. Avi Gabbay, the new head of Israel’s Labor Party, appears to be plotting a master strategy for winning elections, with laser-razor precision. A largely unknown candidate, he is certainly aware that his first headlines will set voters’ image of him for years. His statements from the last few weeks leave little doubt about the first thing he wants them to know: I am no leftist. First, he said Israel can have…

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