Former PM Olmert says he’ll be voting Labor for first time in his life

Former prime minister Ehud Olmert says he will be voting Labor for the first time in his life in the coming election.

“I believe [Labor leader] Merav Michaeli will be this election’s surprise,” he tells Ynet.

“I don’t come from Labor roots,” says Olmert, who spent much of his time in politics in Likud. “I fought it for many years.”

He says Michaeli rehabilitated the party after the devastation caused to it by former leaders. “I trust her that what she says today — she’ll do tomorrow.”

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert speaks at a briefing at UN headquarters in New York with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on February 11, 2020. (Bryan R. Smith/AFP)