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Support Labour: Party and Israeli Politics

support labour: In a strategy that could spell trouble for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the party is now hoping its next leadership will appeal to the ethnic working-class voters who make up the core of Netanyahu's support, according to The Chronicle Herald. Labour still has a long way to go before returning to its former glory days as the movement that led Israel to independence in 1948 and dominated Israeli politics for three decades. A party primary on Tuesday chose two candidates of Middle Eastern heritage as finalists for next week's runoff, handily defeating a trio of established blue-bloods associated with the old guard. But both candidates for Labor leadership, Amir Peretz and Avi Gabbay, have made it clear that they are aiming to rebrand their party. Choosing me is a call to new constituencies saying 'We want you to join us.' The party's early leaders of European, or Ashkenazi, descent took a paternalistic attitude toward Jewish immigrants from Arabic-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa. You have proven that you are an open party that truly calls on new publics to join it, Gabbay, the seventh of eight children born to immigrants from Morocco, told his supporters after the first-round vote. ( As reported in the news.