Are they crazy over there or what? Stop drinking that holy water, it's making you masochistic
|This is one for the books, 1/3 Labor Party is Arab Israeli .....and the Israelis want to keep it quiet so as not to appear racist. But appearing Suidical? Thats OK!|
Aruta Sheva reports:
The five men who feel they are worthy to lead the party, and who filled in and submitted the relevant forms today, are: current temporary leader and former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister Ehud Barak (pictured), Histadrut Labor Union chief Amir Peretz, former IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Matan Vilnai, and former Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer.
It has been learned that 30,000 of the newly-revamped party membership are Israeli-Arabs. Investigative journalist Yoav Yitzchak writes, "The significance of this is that they will be able to place Israeli-Arabs in one-third of the party's Knesset seats, and in effect, because of the in-fighting in the party, take control of the party's path."
Most of the Arabs were registered in the "camps" of Ben-Eliezer, Peretz and Vilnai, and some in Peres' camp as well. Yitzchak writes that party leaders are concerned about this development, but are keeping quiet so as not to be accused of racism.
The shock is particularly acute because the Labor Party is the continuation of the movement that largely founded and built the State of Israel.
The party is undergoing another crisis regarding "irregularities" in its just-ended registration drive. It was announced originally that 130,000 members had signed up. However, some 35-40,000 forms were found to be illegal, duplicates or otherwise disqualified.
In the previous Labor membership drive, which took place a number of years ago, some 80,000 members signed up, of which 11,746 were Israeli-Arabs.