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Israel’s Left Badly Needs a Joint Ticket for the Next Election

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Two months before the election, the two parties of the Zionist left seem to be busy splintering rather than joining forces. While Meretz is trying to push Stav Shaffir to the bottom of the slate and break up the Democratic Union joint ticket, Labor Party chief Amir Peretz continues to insist on running again on the Labor-Gesher joint ticket with Orli Levi-Abekasis.

Even though Peretz says the option of uniting with Meretz is still on the table, postponing the decision until “the right moment” sends the message that he isn’t serious. At a time when both parties are being torn apart by infighting and are having trouble even preserving what they ran on in the last election, forming a joint ticket will probably take much longer than mid-next week when the final slates must be submitted.........

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