The left-wing Meretz party unveiled its national municipal elections campaign on
Wednesday, which will see them run on municipality lists in 22 cities across the
Party leaders spoke in front of about 100 supporters in Tel Aviv
and unveiled their campaign message, “Meretz, a city like you always
They promoted the party as an alternative to the financial and
social policies of the governing coalition, with a focus on education, culture,
environmental issues, public transportation, housing and equality.
aim at Finance Minister Yair Lapid, Meretz chairwoman Zehava Gal-On said that
“children are not a budgetary source. Cutting child supplements just passes the
buck to the crumbling local welfare and social services.”
about new politics,” the head of Meretz’s Knesset faction, Ilan Gilon, said of
the party. “We’re old politics, different politics.”
“We were always the
reddest party economically and the greenest in terms of the environment,” he
said, adding that the party will continue to bring this approach to education,
housing and the environment.
The Meretz party list will appear in 22
cities, including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Ra’anana, and Kfar Saba. The
majority of the cities are in the Gush Dan area, except for Haifa and a few
large cities in the south including Beersheba, Ashdod, and Ashkelon and small
towns such as Mitzpe Ramon.
The party is also running mayoral candidates
in four cities.
The Meretz party currently holds six seats in the