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Yachimovich, Livni to discuss joining forces
Labor leader to offer former Kadima chairwoman no. 2 spot as well as foreign minister post, sources say

Senior sources close Labor Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich and former Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni said Thursday that that the two women will negotiate the possibility of running under one ticket in the upcoming election.

 

Yachimovich is likely to offer Livni the no. 2 spot in the Labor list as well as the role of foreign minister in the event the party wins enough votes to form a government.

 

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"There will be no other choice but to unite forces in the center-left of the political map," a senior Labor official said. "Even if Tzipi or Shelly or Yair (Lapid) said certain things about such an option – it all changed once the political map changed."

 

Commenting on the Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu merger announced earlier on Thursday Yachimovich called on all the centrist forces to align themselves with the Labor under her leadership.

 

She also called on the Likud voters to vote Labor. "Many of you lost a home today and are disgusted by your party's alignment with the racist, corrupt fringe. I call on you to join a Zionist socialist party under my leadership – the Labor party."

 

She further added, "Netanyahu felt that the chances of him losing power were greater than ever and took a step motivated by political panic. The step renders the Likud a Lieberman party. Tonight the Likud disappeared and in its place we have Lieberman's radical party."

 

"Today it is obvious that the struggle is for the future, character and moral essence of the State of Israel. The elections are choice between a radical isolated state and a sane Zionist state."  

 

Tzvika Brot contributed to this report

 

 

 

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