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The Zionist Left Must Unite

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Benny Gantz’s entry into the election campaign sparked hope that after a decade in power, Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government could finally be replaced. But alongside this hope for change, Gantz has created an existential threat to the three leftist parties – Labor, Hatnuah and Meretz.

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In the last election, these three parties won a combined 29 Knesset seats. But according to the latest polls, most of their voters have switched to Gantz, and all three are hovering around the electoral threshold. Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah has fallen below it, while Labor and Meretz are getting four to six seats apiece in most polls. If they continue leaking voters to Gantz’s Hosen L’Yisrael party, at least one of these historic left-wing parties may disappear. That means its supporters’ votes would be thrown away and the right would certainly have a blocking majority in the next Knesset.


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