Tel Aviv City Councilwoman Tamar Zandberg () on Sunday declared her
intention to run for the Knesset.
Zandberg, 36, has a history of
supporting social issues in the Tel Aviv area, including the social justice
movement that began in the summer of 2011, and been a driving force behind
municipal initiatives such as a motion to have public transportation on Shabbat,
which the city council approved in February.
Zandberg has also headed the
municipality’s Committee for the Advancement of Women and the Committee for
She said she decided to run for the Knesset because
“I have always been a political person and the social struggle in Israel is an
opportunity for us [Meretz] to return to the center of the political
Zandberg said she will contend for one of the top five seats on
the party’s candidate’s list. Meretz currently has three MKs.
whether the Labor Party is a better home for social justice-driven politicians
as it is headed by Shelly Yacimovich and recently recruited social justice
protest leader Stav Shaffir, Zandberg said, “I don’t see us as rivals of the
Labor Party. The goal should be to enlarge the size of the leftwing parties, and
if we fight one another we won’t help Israeli society.”
though, that “Meretz has always been on the Left and Labor has at times moved
more toward the Center,” before clarifying that “I would be very happy if Shelly
[Yacimovich] would be prime minister and Labor would have Meretz in its
Zandberg said that if she makes it in the Knesset she will
try to advance initiatives similar to those she put forward in the city council,
including public transportation on Shabbat.