"Meretz can be big and powerful because there is an audience that believes in what we represent: Social justice and a diplomatic agreement," Chairwoman Zahava Gal-On
told Ynet ahead of Tuesday's national elections.
Recent polls indicate that the leftist party will win six Knesset seats, but Gal-On said nine or 10 mandates would not come as a surprise.
Full interview with Zahava Gal-On (Video: Hagai Dekel, Yehonatan Zur)
"The picture is becoming clearer, and Meretz
is standing out as and ideological (and) moral beacon. People are returning to Meretz," she told Ynet. "People suddenly realize how hollow the centrist bloc is."
Gal-On expressed hope that the "tough winter" Israel
is going through will pass: "Why must we continue to rule over another nation for so many years? Why should working people have to live beneath the poverty line? So I believe. The spring always comes."