Meretz and Israeli Left: What Lies Ahead



Time: 6.30 to 8.30 pm
Location: JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET

Meretz UK invites you to hear speaker Tavor Lahat on the topic Meretz and the Israeli Left: From Past to Present, and What Lies Ahead

An open discussion about the history and status of Meretz party, its place in Israeli political left and what the future holds – especially in light of tumultuous anti-government protests in Israel this year.

Hosted by Meretz UK with the support of Hashomer Hatzair Trust UK.

Thu, 27 Apr 2023 18:30 – 20:30 BST

Location: JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road London NW3 6ET

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Talk and open discussion followed by get-together, tea, cake and networking

The open discussion should give the participant a broader understanding of the political situation in Israel and particularly of the left side of the political map; a deeper assessment of what has happened to Meretz and the left; and a capability to evaluate what might happen.

The issues we will discuss should include the following:

  • History of Meretz:
  • Birth of a party, its leaders and its previous elections campaigns
  • Role of the organisation inside the party and the activists
  • Stereotypes and branding of the party
  • The recent decline of the last Zionist ideological left party
  • The Left as an ideological movement
  • Does ideology still exist?
  • Which of Meretz’s flags is the most important? Occupation, social-democracy, or separation of state & religion?
  • The left voter paradox
  • An ideological party in the government. Can it work?
  • The Left voter – satisfied or eternally disappointed?
  • The Bibi Elections Period (2019-2023) and realpolitik
  • What was done right and what has gone wrong?
  • Five election campaigns – evaluation and differences
  • How do people vote in Israel and why? Statistics
  • The Arab and the Ultra-Orthodox voting constituencies
  • Israeli mass protest, currently against “judicial reform”, and its place in future politics