Zehava Galon, the chairwoman of Israel’s far-left Meretz Party, will submit her resignation at a party meeting next week. She will remain in the post until at least the end of the year.
The announcement was made two weeks after the Israeli general election in which Meretz failed to reach the 3.25% minimum vote threshold and so failed to enter the Knesset for the first time since the party’s inception 30 years ago.
Following the announcement on Thursday, Meretz’s outgoing Regional Cooperation Minister Esawi Frej stated that Galon “returned to save Meretz. The situation…was far worse than previously reported.”
He said the party would “will not be restored.
“A solid, strong foundation has to be built, not for Meretz, but for the entire left-wing camp,” he added.