Female lawmaker wants to rebuild battered Israeli Labour Party

One of the victors of Tuesday’s election in Israel is outspoken women’s rights activist and lawmaker Merav Michaeli. Under her leadership, the Israeli Labour Party, once a major force in Israeli politics, rose from near extinction to about seven seats in the country’s 120-seat parliament, the Knesset, with about 90 per cent of votes counted. Michaeli won the Labour Party leadership only in late January, replacing Amir Peretz, under whom Labour had only two seats. Michaeli’s achievement was greeted with cheers by party activists. The 54-year-old on Wednesday said she sought to rebuild Labour fo…

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