Tamar Zandberg at The Jerusalem Post elections conference, April 3rd, 2019.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Meretz leader Tamar Zandberg rejected accusations that she has not succeeded in maintaining the party's past support among young voters and has lost them to former Likud MK Moshe Feiglin's Zehut Party, on Wednesday at a Hebrew language conference in Tel Aviv that was sponsored by The Jerusalem Post Group, parent company of the Maariv newspaper and the Post.
In her answers to questions from Maariv columnists, Zandberg cited polls indicating that Feiglin's votes come from right-wing parties and not Meretz.
"There is no overlap in voters with Feiglin, which does not surprise me because Meretz is a left-wing party and Feiglin’s is a right-wing party," Zandberg said. "The only issue we have in common is legalization of cannabis, in which as usual, Meretz was the pioneering party."
Zandberg said the April 9 election is fateful and will be decided by small parties.
"The fate of the Center-Left bloc will be decided by the fate of Meretz," she said. "Without Meretz, [Blue and White leader Benny] Gantz won’t have a government.
Zandberg said Meretz would not have trouble crossing the 3.25% electoral threshold, which is expected to be about 140,000 votes.
"Meretz is stable and has never fallen below the threshold," she said.
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