JERUSALEM (Jun. 27)
Fresh faces to present to the voters has become the aim of Israeli political parties, with elections little more than four months off.
The Labor Party has brought in 17 new faces — most of them young — to fill fairly safe spots on its election list. In the process, it dumped an old familiar face, Abba Eban.
But the leftist Citizens Rights Movement believes old faces can be just as fresh as new ones.
“We are young and fresh,” party leader Shulamit Aloni, a veteran of 16 years in the Knesset, said as she announced CRM’s Knesset slate for the November elections.
She will again head the list, followed by Yossi Sarid, also a member of many past Knessets. Both originally sat for the Labor Party.
Recent opinion polls indicated the CRM may increase its representation in the next Knesset. A good showing in the November elections would make it a possible coalition partner with Labor.
After Aloni and Sarid, those holding the top positions on the CRM list are Ran Cohen, Dedi Zucker and Mordechai Virshubsky, all members of the current Knesset. Virshubsky joined CRM after quitting the Shinui party last year.