Israeli Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, at the Labor Party headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. After falling out with Benjamin Netanyahu as a junior cabinet minister last year, Gabbay is now a leading candidate to replace the scandal-plagued prime minister. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

New-look Labor leader vows to unseat Netanyahu in Israel

November 14, 2017 - 12:56 pm

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — After falling out with Benjamin Netanyahu as a junior member of the Cabinet last year, Avi Gabbay is now a leading candidate to replace the scandal-plagued prime minister.

Buoyed by a rags-to-riches personal story and a centrist worldview that appeals to Israel's traditional swing voters, Gabbay has led the opposition Labor Party to a big bump in the polls.

But the 50-year-old former telecom executive has his sights set on more than just victory at the ballot box: He wants to seek a peace agreement with the Palestinians — something Netanyahu rarely even mentions anymore.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Gabbay said: "I don't know if we can reach a deal, but we have to exert energy into it again and not neglect it anymore."

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