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Meretz Going on Major Recruiting Drive

The only way to grow the left is to grow leftist parties, Meretz says, so the party needs to go on a major recruiting campaign.
By David Lev
First Publish: 2/16/2014, 8:07 PM

MK Gal-On
MK Gal-On
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Times are hard for the hard left. Polls keep showing the right getting stronger, with the left continuing to shrink. The only way to grow the left is to grow leftist parties, the leaders of Meretz say – and that means the party, as the main political body for the Israeli left, needs to go on a major recruiting campaign.

Anyone who wants a leftist Israel has no choice but to join her party, Meretz chairperson Zahava Galon said that “the public is sick of the 'trend parties' that spring up like mushrooms before elections and quickly disappoint their voters,” she said. “There is no alternative to the true ideology” Meretz advocates, she added.

Galon sees great hope for Meretz. “The Rabbinate is continuing to fall apart, but the main focus remains the settlements,” she said. “Especially now, when inequality has reached new heights, and individual rights are being trampled and salaries are being eroded, this is the time for a strong Meretz,” she added, inviting Israelis to “join the family and strengthen us, to influence things, change things, and get involved.”

Recent polls consistently show the right getting well in excess of 60 seats in the next elections.