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In the News (Thu 18 Jul 19)

  
  IsraelVotes | Demo | Political Parties and Platforms | Labor
Labor is also committed to helping the Israeli Arab sector and believes that Palestinian sovereignty is an Israeli imperative inasmuch as it will remove the threat that ruling a large number of Palestinians poses to Israel's Jewish and democratic nature.
Labor maintains that government must act with social responsibility, recognizing that the provision of education, health and other social services, cannot be guaranteed by the market place.
Labor asserts that Israel is a democratic, Zionist and Jewish State in which all have the right to live in an atmosphere of tolerance and true equality.
www.israelvotes.com /demo/platforms_labor.html   (433 words)

  
 Arutz Sheva - Israel National News
After all, this is the same Labor party that imposed the Oslo Accords upon Israel anti-democratically and then turned the country into the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
After inviting Labor to re-enter the government ruling coalitions in the 1980s, Shamir displayed such complete incompetence that in 1992 the Labor party was re-elected.
By 1996, the Labor party had produced such a disaster with its mindless Oslo initiative that even the enormous upsurge of sympathy for it after the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin could not save it from electoral collapse.
www.israelnationalnews.com /article.php3?id=4577   (869 words)

  
 The Labor Party
Labor is the dominant left-of-center party in Israel.
Israel's peace policy is based on the reconciliation between both peoples and their readiness to live in respect of mutual rights to self-determination and statehood, and on the superior deterrent capability and strength of the IDF.
Israel will continue to develop its qualitative advantage over those of Arab armies, and will place a high priority on independent research and development in the area of defense and on expanding the manufacture of innovative and sophisticated weaponry and material.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/Politics/labor.html   (3038 words)

  
 Israel's Collapsing Labor Party - Middle East Quarterly - September 1995
Labor's festering split erupted finally into an acute, perhaps terminal crisis in March 1994, when Haim Ramon, the minister of health, resigned from the government and campaigned to head the Histadrut, an act that resulted in his expulsion from the Labor Party.
Labor politicians heaped abuse on Ramon, saying "his moves will harm the peace process," which, as leading Labor politician Ephraim Sneh added, is tantamount to the annihilation of the Labor Party.
Ramon is directly challenging the very existence of the party apparatus, for as soon as he got into office at the Histadrut, he struck hard, selling off large sectors of the organization (including its daily newspaper, Davar), and transforming it from a statist-entrepreneur to a pure labor union.
www.meforum.org /article/262   (4623 words)

  
 Israel
The Labor Party traditionally advocates a more compromising position on the disputed territories to facilitate peace agreements between Israel and her Arab neighbors than both the Likud and the religious parties.
Labor generally does not subscribe to the belief that Israel must keep all of what comprised "Biblical Israel" and believes in exchanging land populated with Palestinians that it deems not vital to Israel's security.
Of all three political blocs discussed, the religious parties (taken as a whole) are by the far the most right-wing and least willing to compromise to attain peace between Israel and her Arab neighbors.
www.yale.edu /accords/israel.html   (1087 words)

  
 Israel Elections 2003 - Ami Isseroff
Labor party head and current Defense Minister Benjamin ("Fuad") Ben Eliezer resigned in order to put himself in a better position to remain number one in the Labor party, in the face of challenges by more dovish Haim Ramon and Amram Mitzna in the coming primaries.
Labor would certainly have a good case to take to the electorate in the miserable performance of this government regarding the economy as well as the handling of the Intifada.
However, the current leadership of the Labor party cannot very well criticize the mess that it helped to make, and in Israel, as always, it is easy to turn all eyes to the "security" issue at the expense of all else.
www.mideastweb.org /israelelections2003.htm   (1952 words)

  
 washingtonpost.com: Labor Party in Israel Selects Dove as Leader
Labor, which according to its tradition is socially liberal and more inclined than Likud to negotiations with the Palestinians, was also the largest member in Sharon's parliamentary coalition.
Although Ben-Eliezer criticized his inexperience, Mitzna appealed to Labor's rank and file by claiming loyalty to the legacy of Yitzhak Rabin, the assassinated Labor leader and prime minister who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in crafting the 1993 Oslo peace accords.
With polls showing Labor trailing badly in the January general election campaign, the key question for many voters -- and one that Mitzna has avoided answering directly -- is whether the party would join Likud again in a national unity government.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn/A12403-2002Nov19?language=printer   (1153 words)

  
 labor party praxis
Israel is the sole nuclear power in the region, has biological and chemical weapons besides, and with the support of the U.S., that arms and funds Israel, it has violated dozens of U.N. resolutions.
The Congressional Black Caucus is a faction of the Democratic Party, several leading members of which have recently been in the news calling for sanctions by castigating the government of Sudan, as "Arabs" hell bent on a genocidal war on Sudan's Black African populations in the South.
They hide the facts that it is Israel and the United States that are responsible for this tragedy by continuing to arm and fund mercenaries and militias in the South.
laborpartypraxis.org /sudan.html   (3881 words)

  
 Library of Congress / Federal Research Division / Country Studies / Area Handbook Series / Israel / Appendix B
Nevertheless, Mapai became the dominant party in the Yishuv and later in Israel; after 1968 it was the dominant faction in the Labor Party.
The formation of the Labor Party in 1968 caused Mapam to reverse its previous opposition to unity among Labor Zionist parties and to join an electoral alliance (Maarakh--Alignment) with the Labor Party in 1969.
From the founding of the state in 1948 to 1977, the NRP (or its predecessors) was the ally of the Labor Party (or its predecessors) in forming Labor-led coalition governments; in return the NRP was awarded control of the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
lcweb2.loc.gov /frd/cs/israel/il_appnb.html   (1805 words)

  
 CNN.com - Israel's Labor Party to choose leader - Nov. 19, 2002
The Labor Party was a member of Sharon's national unity government until late October when Labor Party members bolted and voted against Sharon's new budget.
Labor leaders wanted some of the $150 million budgeted for Jewish settlements in the West Bank to be diverted to social programs.
Parties that get at least 1.5 percent of the vote win a number of seats in the 120-member Knesset equal to their percentage of the vote.
edition.cnn.com /2002/WORLD/meast/11/18/israel.politics   (561 words)

  
 U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel C. Kurtzer - At Israel Labor Party Headquarters
This is as you know the Labor Day weekend in the United States when most of us are on vacation, and it is something that I would include on the seder hayom of the Labor Party for this weekend.
In parallel, Israel was urged to release prisoners, to begin the dismantlement of all unauthorized outposts, and to undertake specific measures on the ground: to ease Palestinian living conditions, such as removing road blocks, and ending closures and curfews.
The underlying premise of this phase of the process was to bring the parties back to the situation that existed before the Intifada, in which PA security forces would maintain security and fight terrorism in areas under their authority.
www.usembassy-israel.org.il /publish/mission/amb/090103.html   (3568 words)

  
 JTA NEWS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
For the first 30 years of the Jewish state, Labor was nearly synonymous with Israel, controlling the government, the Histadrut Trade Union, the industrial base, the health care organization and the main supermarket chain.
Israel should not risk its soldiers’ lives “for the avocados of Netzarim or the lettuce of Kfar Darom,” Ramon said at the Central Committee meeting.
What the convention decides will become party policy, and could have an enormous bearing on who eventually is chosen in October as the party’s leader and future candidate for prime minister.
www.jta.org /story.asp?id=020520-suss   (1272 words)

  
 USATODAY.com - Israel's Labor Party chooses new leader   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
In Tuesday's Labor Party balloting, Mitzna won 54%, incumbent party leader Binyamin Ben-Eliezer captured 37%, and Haim Ramon took about 7% of the vote, with a record 65% turnout among party members.
Labor withdrew last month from Sharon's "national unity" government over the issue of funding for Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza, a move that brought the government down and led to the early elections.
In Israel's fractious parliament, coalition governments are inevitable, and Sharon has said that if he becomes prime minister again, he would again invite Labor to be part of the government.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2002-11-19-israel-politics_x.htm   (623 words)

  
 CNN.com - Israel's Labor Party leader resigns - May. 4, 2003
Israel's Labor Party chief -- who led the opposition during the worst electoral defeat in its 55-year history -- resigned Sunday, blaming internal squabbles among party leaders.
Amram Mitzna, former mayor of the northern port city of Haifa, was elected party chairman in November.
In that election, the Labor Party won only 19 seats in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament -- a marked drop from the 26 seats it had won in 1999.
www.cnn.com /2003/WORLD/meast/05/04/israel.laborparty   (274 words)

  
 israelinsider: politics: After four months of Labor pains, Ben-Eliezer emerges as party chairman
Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer was elected as Labor Party Chairman, after he handily won a majority of the ballots cast Wednesday in a revote in 51 disputed polling stations.
Labor Party members questioned not if, but when would Ben-Eliezer call on the party to leave the coalition, and prepare it as an alternative to the Likud-led government.
Burg had called on the party to leave the government, charging that by its presence, Labor gave harsh policies against the Palestinians a measure of justification.
www.israelinsider.com /channels/politics/articles/pol_0091.htm   (728 words)

  
 Will Israel lurch to the right?
ISRAEL’S LABOR Party pulled out of the government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in late October, forcing him to call early elections for January.
The Labor Party bolted from the government in order to appeal to poor and working-class voters--in the desperate hope of winning votes away from Likud, which could nearly double its seats in the elections, according to polls.
But don’t hold your breath waiting for the Labor Party to challenge Israel’s massive military spending--$8.5 billion during the past 10 months alone--to maintain its grip on the West Bank and Gaza.
www.socialistworker.org /2002-2/430/430_05_Israel.shtml   (643 words)

  
 CNN.com - Israel's Labor chief: Party willing to join Sharon - Dec 2, 2004
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- The head of Israel's opposition Labor Party signaled Thursday that his party is willing to join a unity government with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon because it backs his plan to pull out of Gaza and parts of the West Bank.
"Labor is for a national union government because we think that the year of 2005 shouldn't be spent on internal skirmishes of the parties or elections in the nation.
While Wednesday's developments appeared to be a revolt by Shinui, political analysts in Israel were speculating that Sharon, a former general and acknowledged master tactician, provoked the backlash from Shinui to put pressure on the Central Committee of his Likud party.
www.cnn.com /2004/WORLD/meast/12/02/israel.government   (625 words)

  
 United Press International: Profile: Mitzna and Israel's Labor Party   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
For over a year Labor was led by Ben-Eliezer who presented dovish ideas but seemed to work hand in glove with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, of the Likud.
In order to exist Israel must be "a democracy, with a solid Jewish majority." That does not go with controlling millions of Palestinians, he implied.
He blamed Ramon for negotiating the coalition agreement that led Labor into Sharon's government and blasted Ben-Eliezer for the staying in the government despite its failures.
www.upi.com /view.cfm?StoryID=20021119-024158-9248r   (1414 words)

  
 ISRAEL'S 2003 ELECTIONS
With the Labor party struggling for survival, its members decided that the party’s only chance to recover was to ensure that it developed a unique policy alternative, and thus regain their political identity--even if that meant spending four years in opposition.
Although Ben-Eliezer did pull Labor out of the coalition in November 2002, it was clearly a move he was forced into taking, as he was trailing in the upcoming Labor party primaries (only a few weeks away) and the majority of Labor voters disagreed with Ben-Eliezer’s strategy.
The party’s leader was given the number 5 spot on the Meretz list, thus virtually guaranteeing him a seat in the Knesset, whereas had the party run alone, it was unlikely to have passed the 1.5 percent threshold.
meria.idc.ac.il /journal/2003/issue1/jv7n1a7.html   (7368 words)

  
 Labor Party and Settlements
Israel's Labor Party and the Settlements: 1967- 1977
However the Labor Party, which had led the Israeli government from the country's birth and continued to lead for the decade following the 1967 war, was not altogether innocent.
In 1968, Eliav wrote a radical pamphlet called "New Targets for Israel." In it, he urged Israel to view the newly won territories as a surety for peace and security, not as an object for annexation.
www.theocracywatch.org /chrstian_zionism_2.htm   (751 words)

  
 National Committee for Labor Israel - Israel Histadrut Campaign   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The National Committee for Labor Israel is the most continuous American organization supporting Israel's labor sector.
In partnership with the American labor movement and Jewish communities, we provide vital support for the vision and the institutions that gave birth to the State of Israel.
Here, young men and women skilled in the latest computer technology help senior citizens who can recall Israel's beginnings be in contact with friends and family, and record their irreplaceable memories.
www.laborisrael.org   (489 words)

  
 CNN - Israel's Labor party to elect new leader - June 3, 1997
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israel's Labor party was poised Tuesday to elect former army chief Ehud Barak to succeed Shimon Peres as leader of the main opposition to Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing government.
Barak's main challenger for Labor chief is Peres protege Yossi Beilin, who helped orchestrate secret meetings with the Palestinians in 1993 that led to the autonomy agreements at the center of the Mideast peace process.
"The Labor party has gotten back up on its feet, and a journey has begun which is perhaps long but which will in the end return us to leading the country," he said.
edition.cnn.com /WORLD/9706/03/israel   (403 words)

  
 Israel’s Labor opens way for Sharon alliance - World News - MSNBC.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
JERUSALEM - Israel’s opposition Labor party said on Sunday it had no preconditions for joining with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, paving the way for a broad new government to push through his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip.
Labor leader Shimon Peres, a veteran peacemaker and firm backer of Sharon’s “disengagement plan,” said a deal could be clinched within days.
Labor was expected to demand as many as 10 cabinet posts, but the party’s chief negotiator ruled out preconditions.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/6688212   (634 words)

  
 Dear Amram Mitzna (by Uri Avnery) - Media Monitors Network
Certainly not the pensioners and unemployed, invalids and one-parent families, whom the Labor Party is wooing now, after not giving a damn for them for years.
Neither do the Arab citizens, whom the Party is trying to seduce by a lot of chatter about "a political horizon", while not even bothering to wash the blood off its hands.
The Labor Party is courting disaster, and that would be a disaster for the nation at large.
www.mediamonitors.net /uri95.html   (888 words)

  
 To Kill Oslo Before Oslo Kills Israel
Although a substantial majority of Israel's Jewish population oppose Oslo, this majority is politically fragmented and rendered impotent by the 1.5% parliamentary electoral threshold and by the oligarchic system of fixed party lists.
For given Israel's single countrywide electoral district, the Labor Party and Meretz, in the June 1992 elections, received enough Arab votes to gain control of the Government.
It follows from the preceding analysis that Israel urgently needs a radically new form of government, one composed of Jews uncorrupted by relativism and therefore confident in the justice of their cause.
www.jewishmag.com /47mag/oslo/oslo.htm   (2847 words)

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