social democracy secularism feminism egalitarianism green politics two-state solution social liberalism labor zionism
democratic union (2019–2020)
party of european socialists (observer)
progressive alliance, socialist international
politics of israel
meretz (hebrew: מֶרֶצ, lit. "vigour") is a left-wing,social-democratic and greenpolitical party in israel.
the party was originally formed in 1992 with the union of ratz, mapam and shinui, and was at its peak in the 13th knesset between 1992 and 1996, during which it held 12 seats. in the april 2019 elections, the party won four seats. in the september 2019 israeli legislative election, the party ran as part of the democratic union alliance, which won five seats, three of them going to its meretz component.
meretz is a secular party emphasising a two-state solution to the israeli–palestinian conflict, social justice, human rights (especially for religious, ethnic and sexual minorities), religious freedom and environmentalism.
the party is a member of the progressive alliance and socialist international, and is an observer member of the party of european socialists.