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Avi Gabbay is a political outsider, a centrist whose victory took many by surprise and raises hopes that he can break with Labor’s past

The first qualification is inexperience
GERSHOM GORENBERG Israel’s Labor party gambles on an insurgent. It’s all the rage (American Prospect, July 12)

With Avi Gabbay’s election, Israel’s Labor Party proves there’s life before death 
YOSSI VERTER Like Trump and Macron, Gabbay overtook his party’s ‘old guard’ and could upset Israel’s entire political balance. Should Netanyahu be concerned? (Haaretz, July 11)

Could Avi Gabbay be Israel’s Macron as he moves Labor party to centre? 
He’s charismatic. He’s an outsider. And he’s a political centrist. Some have hailed Avi Gabbay as Israel’s version of French President Emmanuel Macron, the banker who recently swept to power with an outsider campaign (JTA/Forward, July 11)


Labor elects newcomer Avi Gabbay as party leader in major upset

Avi Gabbay, a business exec with little political experience, just won Israel’s Labor party primary


As police investigate the PM and his confidants, one former minister casts doubt on Netanyahu’s account and another thinks he will be indicted

Netanyahu confidant revealed as suspect detained in submarine graft probe
Israel police are looking into allegations that David Shimron lobbied defence officials on behalf of ThyssenKrupp for a multimillion dollar submarine sale to Israel (Haaretz, July 12)

Netanyahu failed to reveal full list of conflict of interest and hid ties with moguls
Netanyahu filed false conflict of interest declarations with the State Comptroller regarding his connections to Arnon Milchan and Shaul Elovitch (Haaretz, July 12)

Former finance minister says submarine scandal worst graft case in Israeli history
Yair Lapid casts doubt on Netanyahu’s claim not to have known of his lawyer’s controversial role in huge defence deal (Times of Israel, July 13)

Former Defence Minister: ‘I think Netanyahu will be indicted’
In a wide-ranging video interview, Benjamin Netanyahu’s former defence minister, Moshe Ya’alon, says he believes that the Israeli prime minister will be indicted on corruption charges (Comments start at 4m 15s in video; Edition, July 11)

Netanyahu tries to steer clear of submarine scandal
The question now is whether Netanyahu knew about the involvement of his close confidante, Shimron, in mediating and promoting these deals (Al-Monitor, July 12)


Submarine scandal: Police detain six suspects, including Netanyahu associates

What you need to know as the probe gets closer to Netanyahu

Sufficient evidence to charge Netanyahu; two new cases being probed

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