Meretz

Leader: Tamar Zandberg
Current Seats: 5
Government/Opposition in Last Knesset: Opposition
Supports/Opposes Two-State Solution: Supports

Meretz is a left-wing party launched as a joint list of three left-wing factions in 1992 and formally merged after the 1996 elections. The party has previously joined center-left and left-wing governments, and is the left-most of Israel’s Zionist political parties.

Meretz is the left-most Zionist party in Israel and is a vocal advocate for the two-state solution.

Meretz places a strong emphasis on a two-state solution. While other pro-two-state parties seek to skirt the issue of Jerusalem, or officially promise not to divide it, Meretz envisions the city as the capital of two states. Meretz was alone among Zionist parties in opposing the relocation of the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Meretz boycotted the opening of the new embassy, although party leader Tamar Zandberg clarified that Meretz would support a relocation of the embassy to Jerusalem in the context of a peace agreement.

MK Tamar Zandberg became Meretz’s leader after winning the party primary in March 2018.

Amid the tensions leading up to the breakup of the Zionist Union, speculation surfaced that several Labor MKs would jump ship and join Meretz.