A reinvigorated Zahava Gal-On tells Channel 2 that winning five Knesset seats in the “current circumstances, against all odds,” is a success.
The Meretz leader was preparing to leave the party over its poor result before a count of soldier votes – of all things – gave Meretz a fifth Knesset seat.
Gal-on notes that as far as the number of votes, the party kept its strength – 170,000 votes in the 2013 election vs. 165,000 votes on Tuesday.
“It is very touching that people who are not likely to talk to me called me and cheered me up and called on me to return,” Gal-on.
On Election Day, Meretz received an unlikely (albeit backhanded) endorsement from none other than Yisrael Beyteinu leader Avigdor Liberman. He called on voters to “go out and vote for any party as long as it’s a Zionist party, even Meretz.”