Zehava Galon resigns as head of dovish Meretz party

Party leader says she feels she did all she could for the benefit of her party despite election loss; Meretz says Galon will remain in post until 2023

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The head of Israel's left-wing Meretz party Zehava Galon will resign from her position as chairwoman next week, Israeli media reported on Thursday.
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  • "Galon will remain in her position at least until the end of the year and will continue to assist and act in Meretz affairs," the party said.
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    Zehava Galon
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    This announcement comes two weeks after the Israeli general elections, where Meretz failed to pass the 3.25% voter threshold, remaining outside the parliament (Knesset) for the first time since the party's founding. The left-wing party earned 3.14% of the vote, coming just 3,800 votes short.
    Following the election, Galon addressed the public in a video to voters, saying, "This is a very difficult moment for me and my friends in Meretz. The election results are a disaster for us, a disaster for the country, and yes, also a personal disaster for me."
    “A few days before the elections, when I already knew that Meretz was in tangible danger, this very nightmare crossed my mind, of a Knesset without Meretz."
    “I did what I never thought I would do again. When I saw that Meretz was in danger, I returned to the throes of politics, hoping to save Meretz and the entire bloc,” said Galon.
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    Zehava Galon
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    After Thursday’s announcement, Meretz's outgoing Regional Cooperation Minister Issawi Frej said Galon "came back to save Meretz. The situation… was much worse than reported."
    He continued that the left-wing party "will not be restored."
    "A solid, strong foundation has to be built, not for Meretz, but for the entire left-wing camp," Frej said. During the interview, he did not rule out the possibility Meretz would merge with the center-left Labor party in the future, a move Labor leader Merav Michaeli has opposed vehemently.

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