Peace Now Director General Avi Buskila has stepped down to challenge Meretz Chairwoman Zehava Galon in the left-wing partys primary in March. In a Facebook post Sunday, Buskila wrote, It wasnt an easy decision. ... I realized I have a duty to do everything I possibly can so that fewer families will lose lives and be destroyed by senseless wars.
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Buskilas fellow challengers for the post are MKs Ilan Gilon and Tamar Zandberg and social activist Avi Dabush.
Im 42. Ive been through quite a bit in my life. And one thing Ive learned, to make a breakthrough ... bring down walls of prejudice and win — you cant merely respond to reality, you have to lead it, manage it and especially — create it, Buskila wrote. We in Meretz can, and its our also our duty, especially now, to take the reins, defeat nationalism and create a strong democratic reality for Israel.
In announcing her candidacy Thursday, Zandberg said, The time has come to say things as clearly as possible: Meretz needs a new beginning, a new spirit and new leadership.