Zehava Galon
Zehava Galon Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90

Former MK Zehava Galon, who previously headed the Meretz Party, is expected to announce her return to politics on Tuesday.

Galon intends to run for the party leadership against Deputy Minister MK Yair Golan amid heavy pressure that has been exerted on her to run with Meretz, despite her unwillingness to return to politics.

The pressure on Galon in recent weeks has come from both Knesset members and prominent figures on the Israeli left, in light of many polls that have shown that Meretz does not pass the electoral threshold.

In some of the polls, the participants were asked how they would react if Galon headed Meretz once again, and the results indicated that under her leadership, the party wins 4 to 5 seats, at the expense of the Labor Party.

Galon resigned from the Knesset towards the end of 2017 and at the start of the following year announced her retirement from the leadership of Meretz and from politics altogether, after she claimed to have seen that the members of Meretz were "interested in a new leadership."

Responding to reports of her impending return, Galon said on Monday evening, "When there is something to announce - I will announce it."

The primaries for the leadership of Meretz and for the Knesset slate will take place on August 23.

Health Minister and current Meretz chairman Nitzan Horowitz announced recently he will not seek reelection as head of the party.

Despite withdrawing from the leadership race, Horowitz said he will remain on the party’s Knesset slate for the upcoming election.