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Retired general said to reject offer of No. 2 spot in Labor

Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, head of the IDF Central Command, in Tel Aviv, May 13, 2013 (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)
Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, head of the IDF Central Command, in Tel Aviv, May 13, 2013 (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)

Labor leader Merav Michaeli spoke with former IDF Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon in recent days to offer him the No. 2 spot on the center-left party’s electoral slate, according to the Walla news site.

Quoting unnamed sources familiar with the matter, the news site says Alon rebuffed the offer, without elaborating. Neither side responded to requests for comment on the report.

Alon was a candidate for military chief of staff in 2018, but was ultimately passed over for current IDF commander Aviv Kohavi. He previously served as head of Central Command, who acts as military governor of the West Bank and commands Israeli forces there.

Michaeli reportedly also offered a spot on Labor’s list to former Military Intelligence head Amos Yadlin, but was likewise turned down.

The report comes ahead of a midnight deadline for parties to submit their slates to the Central Elections Committee. Labor has faced pressure to run together with the left-wing Meretz party to ensure neither faction drops below the minimum vote threshold, but Michaeli has resisted calls for a joint list.

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