Despite a contested primary featuring no fewer than eight candidates, the Labor party found itself unable to compete with Britney Spears taking an Israeli stage for the first time, announcing Wednesday that it would push back its leadership vote by a day.
Ballots for party chairperson were set to be cast in Tel Aviv on July 3, the same day that Spears is slated to perform in Hayarkon Park.
Fearing the heavy traffic likely to congest that part of the city, the party’s elections committee decided to move the primaries to July 4.
A Labor Party spokesperson told The Times of Israel that the decision would “make it easier for people to reach polling stations.”
He added that there had also been “a difficulty in recruiting security guards” for the originally scheduled day.
Balloting stations are now scheduled to open the following day at 11 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.
Those who have so far announced that they will run against current party chair Isaac Herzog are former high-tech entrepreneur MK Erel Margalit, former party leader MK Amir Peretz, former environmental protection minister Avi Gabbay, MK Eitan Cabel, former head of the elite IDF unit Sayeret Matkal MK Omer Barlev, activist-journalist Eldad Yaniv and retired general Yom Tov Samia.
Candidates have until April 27 to submit their candidacy.
If no candidate passes the 40 percent threshold, a second-round vote will be held on July 13.
Asked if Herzog would be using the extra day to bop along to the princess of pop, his spokesman said he was unaware of plans for the incumbent Labor leader to attend.