The left-wing political party Meretz launched a membership recruitment campaign Sunday looking to grow the party’s ranks ahead of future elections.
In a Facebook message posted on Meretz’s official page, party leader MK Zahava Gal-on said a larger base would ensure that the faction increased the number of its representatives in the Knesset; it currently has six. Some polls have shown an increase in support for the dovish party, giving it anywhere from eight to 12 seats in a hypothetical election, although a January Times of Israel poll found that Meretz would not gain additional seats.
“It is not by chance that Meretz doubled its power in the local municipalities” in the most recent municipal elections in October, Gal-on wrote.
“It is not by chance that we are on a steady rise in the polls. The public is fed up with trendy political parties which emerge like mushrooms after the rain right before the election and which speedily disappoint their voters. There is no alternative to real ideology.”
The Meretz leader went on to criticize the current government and said that Israel’s leadership was promoting anti-democratic laws and sabotaging the peace process with the Palestinians.
“Now, as the rabbinical establishment is becoming fixed in place, and as the settlements continue to be a top national priority, now that inequality is reaching new heights, as workers’ rights are trampled and middle class wages are eroded — now is the time for more Meretz,” she said, a play on words. “Meretz” is also the Hebrew word for “vigor.”
The campaign was launched at a party gathering in Tel Aviv Sunday morning.