Israel's Labor brings in fresh female faces

Sunday, December 02, 2012 |  Israel Today Staff

Polls have Israel's left-wing Labor Party winning as many as 25 seats in the next Knesset, and if that happens 30 percent of the party's representation will be women.

Labor held its pre-election primaries last week. The vote saw many fresh faces join the top 20 slots, four of which were reserved for female candidates. In addition to those four, female candidates Shelley Yachimovich and Nino Absadzeh also captured the party leadership (previously) and the position reserved for immigrants, respectively.

Labor is not unfamiliar with female leadership. The party was famously led by Golda Meir in the 1960s and 1970s.

Among those making Labor's top 20 was Stav Shapir, who at only 27 years of age will become the youngest female lawmaker in Israel's history.

While the election of so many women was further evidence of Israel's progressiveness in a region where women's rights are typically trampled upon, Labor's new list was deemed too far to the left to effectively challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the national leadership.

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