Israel’s Labor Party on Monday elected political newcomer Avi Gabbay as its leader in hopes the former telecommunications executive will help unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Gabbay won 52% of the vote in a runoff election against Amir Peretz, a Labor Party veteran and a former party chairman, who received 47%. Gabbay will replace outgoing Labor chairman, Isaac Herzog, who placed third in the first round of primary voting on July 4.
In his victory speech, Gabbay promised “leadership that will act with courage and integrity toward peace with our neighbors’’ and to work toward replacing Netanyahu’s Likud Party as the country’s ruling party.
“This is the beginning...