Last week, Sarah tweeted in support of the Israeli political party “Meretz” for the upcoming elections in Israel. Below is a just-published interview with Sarah’s sister, Susan, a Jerusalem rabbi, who is also a Meretz supporter– in fact she is on their election ticket.
On Tuesday, Israelis will go to the polls in an election that is projected to have a strong chance of toppling Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition and ushering in a centrist government with a stronger left wing.
In advance of the elections, clusters of right-wing and left-wing parties held rallies in Tel Aviv, with Netanyahu holding one this past Sunday. The Sunday before, nearly twice as many people turned out for rallies of the center and left, with strong representation from the traditional party of the Zionist left, Meretz.
Meretz is a minor party today, projected to win a single-digit number of seats, compared to the Arab-Jewish Joint-List Hadash, which may end up being the third-most powerful force in Israeli politics.
Still, for many Israelis, Meretz remains a voice for the Israeli left that feels disenfranchised by an Israeli political system that has endorsed economic inequality at home and permanent occupation of the Palestinian territories. Meretz, for example, was the only Zionist party to oppose the war in Gaza over the summer. Read the rest of this entry »