Labor-Gesher and Meretz will present a joint list at the forthcoming Knesset elections on 2 March. It reports the two parties in a press release. Both parties belong to the political left, writes the Times of Israel.
The decision to put together a joint list comes after marathon talks between Labor leader Amir Peretz and Meretz chief Nitzan Horowitz. It is the fear that the parties will not cross the threshold that has made them choose to run in a common list. The threshold in Israel is 3.25 percent.
-It is an important step before the 2020 election, which will ensure the possibility of forming a government for change and hope, the leaders say in a press release.
Meretz and Labor, the Israeli Labor Party, have also previously held talks on putting together a joint list – without success. Before the September election, Labor (Ha-Avoda) joined the new party Gesher, while Meretz joined an alliance known as the Democratic Union (Ha-Machaneh Ha-Leumi).
-Zionism, socialism and fraternity are really back on the map, Meretz politician Ilan Gilon wrote on Twitter. He is backed by a Labor politician:
-A common list in the Zionist left that will save the country and preserve it Zionist and democratic, says Labor politician Merav Michaeli.
But not everyone is happy with the new political alliance. Many in Labor are skeptical of the collaboration with Meretz, who is very far to the left in Israeli politics. At the same time, others in Meretz are opposed to working with Labor.
Due to the political disagreement between the parties, there is already speculation as to whether the new alliance will collapse after the March 2 election.