Israel's Left-Wing Parties Unite


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Israel’s two biggest left-wing parties announced Monday that they will run as a united list in Israel’s March elections.

Labor and the farther-left Meretz party have been holding marathon talks in the past few days, the Times of Israel reports, with both fearing that without unity they cannot pass the threshold for entrance to the Knesset.

Party leaders Amir Peretz and Nitzan Horowitz stated, “This is a significant move for the 2020 election, which will ensure the ability to form a government of change and hope.”

The united party, they said, will be “the social heart and diplomatic compass for the next government after the end of the Netanyahu era.”

 In the last elections, Labor successfully united with the centrist Gesher party, but was unable to reach an agreement with Meretz.

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