'Without Meretz, Herzog has no chance to be PM,' party head says

Gal-On said that for Herzog to have any chance of forming the next coalition, the center-left bloc will need to bolster its strength.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 14, 2015 15:18
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Zehava Gal-On

Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On presenting the party's diplomatic platform. (photo credit: MERETZ)

 
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Meretz is in danger of failing to attract the minimum number of votes needed to be in the next Knesset, a development that would effectively end any hopes of Zionist Union head Isaac Herzog unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of the left-wing party said on Saturday.

During an appearance before a town hall meeting in Holon, Zehava Gal- On urged traditional Meretz supporters who are thinking of casting their ballot for the Zionist Union to reconsider.

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“Meretz will endorse Herzog, so we are calling on our constituents to vote Meretz,” she said.

“Because the minimum threshold has been raised for this election, a truncated Meretz, or no Meretz, will preclude Herzog from becoming prime minister and four Knesset seats will go down the drain.”

Gal-On said that for Herzog to have any chance of forming the next coalition, the Center- Left bloc will need to bolster its strength.

“The big test of these elections is what kind of society will we have here,” Gal-On said. “If there is no Meretz, there will be no Left in Israel.”

The latest public opinion polls show that Meretz conceivably could miss the cut entirely.

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Since four is the minimum number of seats that could be allotted to a party, Meretz officials are worried that their faction, which has been hovering near five in the latest surveys, could disappear altogether.

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