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Israel's Labor Party Has Been Revived. Just Not by Its Current Leader

Scrapping for survival, Merav Michaeli's dilemma is a world away from the past glories of Israel's founding party: She can accept the merger with Meretz, and admit the extent of her party's demise, or risk paving the way for Netanyahu's return to power

Anshel Pfeffer
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It’s been thirty years since the Israeli center-left won a Knesset election outright. Back then, in June 1992, Labor won 44 seats and the newly-created Meretz had 12. Together with three seats for Hadash and two for the Democratic Arab Party, they had the majority they needed to block another Likud government. Fast-forward to 2022, and Haaretz’s Hebrew poll tracker shows both Labor and Meretz with five seats each. Three decades ago, the two parties won a combined total of 56 seats. Now they’re down to 10.

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