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Democratic Union

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Party name: Meretz

Bloc: Left

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LeaderNitzan HorowitzMethod of leadership selectionPrimary elections
Current MKs4Method of List selectionPrimary elections

The Democratic Union is an alliance of Meretz, The Israeli Democratic Party (recently established by former Prime Minister Ehud Barak) and the Green Movement – a party which currently headed by former Labor MK Stav Shaffir. Nitzan Horowitz has replaced Tamar Zandberg as Meretz leader and is heading the list as part of the agreement with the other parties on the list.

The party is a staunchly left-wing and is known for its emphasis on a two-state solution as described in the Geneva Accords. They place an emphasis on freezing construction in the West Bank. They are also proponents of social justice and human rights, specifically for ethnic and sexual minorities. They are strong advocates of environmental consciousness and participants of the Global Green Conference.

Brief party history:

Meretz was formed by the union of three left-wing political parties in 1992 (13th Knesset). Their first election brought them a coalition with Yitzhak Rabin and the Labor Party, during which the Oslo Accords were signed. The 1999 elections saw them bring in the first ever female Israeli Arab Member of Knesset (MK). In 2002, Meretz had the first ever openly gay MK as well. Meretz sat in the opposition in 2001 after Ariel Sharon’s victory but soon came back 2 years later.

The party changed their name to Yachad* for a brief period only to change it back in 2007 based on popular opinion. In 2007, Meretz also had the first ever female ultra-orthodox MK.

What do they stand for?

The Meretz party is known for its emphasis on a two-state solution as described in the Geneva Accords. They place an emphasis on freezing construction in the West Bank. They are also proponents of social justice and human rights, specifically for ethnic and sexual minorities. They are strong advocates of environmental consciousness and participants of the Global Green Conference.

*Not to be confused with Eli Yishai’s Yachad Party that ran in the 2015 election.