Barak called on Labor Party members to vote, and said that he was the only one who could unite the Labor party, and beat Knesset Member Benjamin Netanyahu.
Ayalon said that he felt he had a good chance at winning. “If they want a regeneration of the party, and a different road than the one it has been taking, my chances are good – if not, I will remain in the party as a regular member.” (YNET)
Tomorrow is the Israeli Presidential Election.
Contestants: Shimon Peres (darling of Israel's media), Collete Avital (Labor part candidate), Reuven Rivlin (Likud, all around nice guy has his heart in the right place, but said he pardon Palestinian Terrorist Marwan Bargoutti, if the Government requested. Best of the 3...)
Shas "Spiritual Leader", R' Ovadya Yosef has publicly committed Shas support to Shimon Peres and said, "Whoa (sp?) to anyone's spirit if they vote for anyone but Peres", implying that if you want to lose your share in Heaven, then don't vote for Peres...
While Israeli pundits are saying that Shimon Peres will probably win due to the support from Shas, I don't believe at the end of the day, that all the Shas MKs will line up and vote for Peres, despite R' Ovadya's blessing of losing their share in the world to come.
Muqata Prediction: Rivlin will win by a few votes.
Caveat: If Colette Avital drops out of the race at the last second, then Peres will win.
Reference Material; Quotes from Peres, displayed on posters around Jerusalem.
There's nothing to be proud of in Jewish History (UNESCO Conf. 1994)
Jewish Youth should divorce themselves from our past. (UNESCO Conf. 1994)
Give me peace, and I'll forgo Israel's nuclear capabilities (4.1.96)
Bombing the Iranian Nuclear Reactor was a mistake (24.12.95)
There is no antisemitism in France (27.2.02)
Olmert is one of Israel's best Prime Ministers (17.3.07
If it were up to me I would remove History from the school curriculum (11.4.07)
To dance the tango, you need to close your eyes and let the romance flow...peace is a romantic process.
I declare that the [Palestinian-Israeli] conflict is over! No finger will ever again touch a trigger.
100 years of terror are over, and now start 100 years of peace and coexistence. (13.5.95)
MKs: Now's your chance to receive Jameel @ The Muqata's blessing for health, a long life, and prosperity. Tomorrow: Vote for Rivlin!
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