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Israel’s Left-Wing Parties Labor and Meretz Unite: The Democrats Emerge to Challenge Netanyahu’s Government

Israel’s Labor and Meretz parties merge to form “The Democrats,” aiming to revitalize the left and contest the current right-wing government.

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Labor and Meretz Leader form The Democrats (Twitter)

Israel’s political landscape is experiencing a significant shift as two major left-wing parties, Labor and Meretz, announced their merger on Sunday. The newly formed party, aptly named “The Democrats,” represents a strategic move to reinvigorate the struggling left-wing in Israeli politics.

The Labor Party, the Party of David Ben-Gurion, once a dominant force in Israeli politics, led the country’s government for decades, including the pre-independence period. It secured victory in the first eight elections following Israel’s establishment. The party won the first eight elections in Israel’s history.

However, Labor hasn’t held the prime minister’s office since 2001, reflecting a broader shift in Israeli voter preferences towards more centrist options. Labor once commanded more than 50 seats in the 120 seat Knesset, but now holds just four.

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The electoral fortunes of both Labor and Meretz have waned considerably over the years:

In the 1992 Knesset elections, Labor won 44 seats and Meretz 12, totaling 56 seats. In contrast, the most recent elections saw Labor barely scrape by with four seats, while Meretz failed to meet the minimum threshold for Knesset representation.

Yair Golan, the Labor Party leader and former Israel Defense Forces General, emphasized that this merger is not merely a “technical bloc” but a “historic move.” He envisions the new party as a “liberal-democratic Zionist party” that will serve as a political home for a significant portion of the Israeli public.

The Democrats say their goal is to build a strong democratic base to challenge the current right-wing government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They will also provide a platform for various pro-democracy forces, including protest organizations, civil society groups, youth movements, and reserve organizations advocating for equal burden-sharing and pledge to restore Israel’s security and revive hope among the populace.

Tomer Reznik, Meretz’s secretary general, expressed optimism about the merger, stating, “The Zionist left is alive and well!” He emphasized that the union’s goal extends beyond merely returning to the Knesset; they aim to regain power and influence in Israeli politics.

Reznik envisions The Democrats as a social democratic party that will champion both social issues and security concerns while promoting peace. He boldly claimed that the new party would surpass right-wing leaders in size and influence.

The formation of The Democrats marks a pivotal moment in Israeli politics. As the left-wing attempts to regroup and challenge the current right-wing dominance, the success of this merger could potentially reshape the country’s political dynamics in the coming years.



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