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Israel's Left-wing Parties Must Join Forces

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One of the most important lessons of the recent Knesset election is the power of political mergers. The parties that joined forces benefitted and increased their strength, while parties that splintered and isolated themselves were punished by the electorate.

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Kahol Lavan, a slate formed when several parties in the center and moderate right linked up with one another, won an impressive 35 seats. And Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the initiative to encourage a linkup of parties on the far right, thereby ensuring that he would be given preference in forming a coalition.

On the other hand, the parties that comprised the Joint List splintered due to battles over ego and lost three Knesset seats. Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Education Minister Naftali Bennett broke with their previous party, Habayit Hayehudi, and failed to garner enough votes for Knesset representation. Gesher’s Orli Levi-Abekasis threw away two priceless seats, which could have toppled the Netanyahu government. Anyone who ran alone failed........

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