Labor Party to unveil centrist diplomatic platform
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Labor Party to unveil centrist diplomatic platform

Leader Shelly Yachimovich has been under pressure from party members to set out official positions

Shelly Yachimovich speaks during the Labor party's Central Committee meeting in Tel Aviv on October 30, 2012. (photo credit: Flash90)
Shelly Yachimovich speaks during the Labor party's Central Committee meeting in Tel Aviv on October 30, 2012. (photo credit: Flash90)

The Labor Party is expected to release a statement Sunday outlining the party’s official positions on international issues, answering a call from Laborites who have criticized party head Shelly Yachimovich as overemphasizing domestic and economic issues.

According to a copy of the details obtained by Maariv, the position paper steers the venerable left-leaning party to a more centrist position. The document reportedly calls for increasing Israel’s deterrent capability against the Iranian threat and for a strengthening of historical ties with European allies and the US, while calling for an effort to reestablish good relations with countries once considered partners, like Turkey.

The platform calls for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and for renewed negotiations with the Palestinians to that end, while maintaining that Israel’s security interests are a “top priority.”

Labor under Yachimovich is set to become the second-largest party in the Knesset after the January 22 elections, with the latest polls predicting around 20 seats. Party rhetoric has so far focused mainly on economic, domestic and social-justice issues.

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