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Meretz member backs unity with Labor, as left-wing party faces possible oblivion

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Meretz MK Yair Golan said Thursday that he would support his party uniting with the fellow left-wing Labor party in order to secure a “strong Zionist left” in Israel, as the government begins the process of dissolving the Knesset and sending the country to new elections.

In an interview with 103FM Radio, Golan addressed the possibility of merging with the more moderate Labor, headed by Merav Michaeli, ahead of Israel’s fifth election since 2019. Opinion polls have largely seen Meretz hovering around — and sometimes under — the electoral threshold of 3.25 percent of votes, meaning its parliamentary future is in doubt.

“My position has always been that Israel needs to have a strong Zionist left that works together,” he said, blaming Labor for refusing such initiatives in the past.

“I look forward to the day that we are able to unite. I think that as long as our hand is reached out in an attempt to work together and is left hanging in the air, we will continue to do our best to grow and remain a significant element in Israeli politics,” he said.

Golan noted the importance of “creating a real alternative to the right, which in my view has failed utterly in leading the State of Israel in the past two decades.”

Asked about his position toward renegade party member Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi, who voted against several recent coalition bills in moves seen as one of the catalysts of the........

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