Labor primaries: Younger MKs take top spots; Barlev and Shai likely out

Labor MK Naama Lazimi. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Labor MK Naama Lazimi. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Younger MKs secure top spots in Labor’s primary, while ministers Omer Barlev and Nachman Shai will likely be bumped from the 25th Knesset.

Lawmakers Naama Lazimi, Gilad Kariv, Efrat Rayten, Ram Shefa, and Emilie Moatti clinch the second-through-sixth spots behind Labor party leader Merav Michaeli.

Placing seventh on the list, newcomer Yaya Fink wins the highest spot for a new candidate. Labor is currently polling at between five and six seats, placing him within striking range of a seat if Labor’s position improves.

Ibtisam Mara’ana, a sometimes controversial MK who held the seventh spot on the 2021 slate, has fallen to eighth place.

Public Security Minister Barlev takes a huge hit, falling from the second spot in the previous election to the ninth one in the upcoming vote — possibly in connection with his various gaffes.

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