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November 19, 2002

Labor On The Precipice

The once mighty Labor Party hangs on the precipice of total destruction as it careens blindly towards embracing the hysterical delusions of the radical left. After this election the remaining Labor Party commissars will be nothing but a sad remnant of the once glorious socialist dream, stumbling around like a drunk Bolshevik on the streets of Moscow muttering about the glory days of Koba Stalin.
(Ha'aretz) Labor Party members will cast their ballots for their prime ministerial candidate Tuesday, with the polls currently showing Haifa Mayor Amram Mitzna as the clear frontrunner in the race.

The 268 polling booths will open at 10:00 A.M. and will remain open until 21:00 P.M., and initial results will be released Tuesday night. The number of party members who have the right to vote in the primaries is 110,405.

However, supporters of current party chairman Benjamin Ben-Eliezer are still hoping that a low voter turnout - under 50 percent - will combine with their candidate's legendary party machine to produce a surprise victory.

Ben-Eliezer himself continued to predict victory Monday night, saying, "I circulate in the field, and the field is broadcasting a lot of [support for] Fuad," his nickname. Even Mitzna's campaign staff, while confident of the Haifa mayor's victory, expects the actual gap between the two candidates to be smaller than the polls are currently showing.

MK Haim Ramon, the third candidate in the race, is running far behind the other two. He made a last-ditch appeal to voters last night not to worry about tactical considerations - such as fear of splitting the party's dovish vote between himself and Mitzna - "but to vote for the person they think is the best candidate to take on the Likud. If the voters do this, the results will yet surprise everyone," he said. [Read More]