Israel's Left celebrates early elections

"Good riddance of this punishment. It is time for this coalition to disperse and Israel's time for a better future," said Meretz head MK Tamar Zandberg.

December 24, 2018 14:34
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Meterz Party Leader Tamar Zandberg, October 22, 2018

Meterz Party Leader Tamar Zandberg, October 22, 2018. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)


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Left-wing members of Knesset and social activists celebrated the decision of coalition party heads to dissolve the government on Monday afternoon.

Meretz party head Tamar Zandberg echoed this sentiment, saying, "Good riddance of this punishment. It is time for this coalition to disperse and Israel's time for a better future."

Zionist Union MK Shelly Yachimovich hoped this would mark the end of long-standing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's reign.

"All the antics didn't help, we must go to elections and bring an end to the rule of the Netanyahu government, which has become a government that sows destruction in every possible field in order to preserve Netanyahu's personal survival," Yacimovich said.

Labor MK Micky Rosenthal added that "neither the draft law nor the terror tunnels; neither the cost of living nor Hamas rockets; neither Litzman nor Lapid. The sole reason for the elections —  that an indictment for bribery against the prime minister is imminent."

Uri Keidar, Director General of Free Israel, a grassroots movement for religious pluralism, said that "the issues of religion and state are the only ones that can change the political situation from one end to the next."

"It's now our chance to change this evil coalition," he added, "and we are here to remind them of what they did—or rather did not do—to promote a certain degree of freedom here."

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