Meretz Picks New Leader

Nitzan Horowitz, the newly voted head of Israeli Left wing Meretz party, reacts as he carries a victory speech, right after publication of election results in Tel Aviv, June 27, 2019. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)

The far-left Meretz party changed leaders on Thursday night when former MK Nitzan Horowitz defeated the incumbent MK Tamar Zandberg.

Horowitz won 56 percent of the voting party members versus Zandberg’s 43 percent, a margin of 458 to 388.

About 81 percent of eligible voters cast ballots.

In his victory speech, Horowitz said, “The Israeli left has won.” He then proceeded to attack the leading candidates to its right. He accused Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of taking the country to second elections for his own personal interests and called on those who abandoned Meretz to vote for Blue and White, “which has no record of accomplishment and offers no hope,” to “come home” in September.

This ends Zandberg’s term of office, which began in March 2018. During her tenure she failed to deliver significant electoral gains for the party, which continued to wallow in the low single digits.

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