The ZIONIST UNION (Hebrew : המחנה הציוני, translit.
HaMaḥaneh HaTziyoni, lit. the Zionist Camp) is a center-left
political alliance in
Israel . It was established in December 2014 by
Israeli Labor Party ,
Hatnuah and Green Movement to create a joint
electoral list to contest the 20th
Knesset elections with the hope of
unseating Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu .
* 1 History
* 2 Ideology and platform
* 2.1 Main issues
* 2.2 Other positions
* 3 2015 election
* 3.1 List of
* 3.2 Results
* 4 References
* 5 External links
The Labor Party and
Hatnuah agreed on 10 December 2014 to form a
joint ticket. The list was established to create a large electoral
list for the centre-left bloc, in the hope that it will lead the 34th
Tzipi Livni has said that other parties
will also be part of the alliance. Livni and Labor leader Isaac
Herzog initially said that if the alliance were to win enough seats to
lead the next government, they would rotate in the post of Prime
Minister, with Herzog serving for the first half of the Knesset's
four-year term and Livni for the second half, though Livni announced
on 16 March 2015 that only Herzog would serve as prime minister.
Manuel Trajtenberg , number 11 on the list, was the list's candidate
for finance minister.
Amos Yadlin was the list's candidate for defense
minister, though he was not a candidate for the Knesset. The Green
Movement was also represented on the list through the addition of Yael
Cohen Paran on a spot (No. 25) for
IDEOLOGY AND PLATFORM
Key issues for the
Zionist Union included the following:
* Solving economic woes and reducing the cost of living
* Tackling the housing crisis by providing land for free in the
public domain for housing developments and increasing overall
* Reducing the costs of health care, education, and basic goods
* Closing the gap between rich and poor
* Reigniting negotiations with the Palestinians
* Initiating negotiations as part of a collective effort with
Jordan , before presenting a peace
initiative to the
* Shifting Israeli–Palestinian conflict resolution away from
unilateral action (including that by the
Palestinian Authority at UN
agencies and the ICC) and back to a bilateral process supported by the
* Halting construction in isolated settlements
* Repairing ties with the United States and European Union
In addition, the
Zionist Union is in favor of the following:
* The enactment of green legislation
* Dismantlement of "the gas monopoly"
* Implementation of Clean Air Law measures
* Removal of environmental hazards from the
Haifa Bay by preventing
the expansion of
Oil Refineries Ltd. and evacuating the ammonia
* Stronger protection for animal welfare
* Greater progress and pluralism on religion-and-state issues
* Civil marriage in
Israel , including for same-sex couples
* Legal standing to non-Orthodox streams of Judaism
* Partial operation of public transportation on Saturdays
* The legalization of medical marijuana
Israeli legislative election, 2015
Israeli legislative election, 2015
LIST OF KNESSET MEMBERS
Main article: Full
Zionist Union list for Israeli legislative
The following are the candidates elected to the 20th
Knesset from the
Zionist Union's party list.
* Yael Cohen-Paran
After the election , the
Zionist Union emerged as the second-largest
party in the Knesset, with 24 seats. It triumphed in
Tel Aviv and its
prosperous suburbs, as well as other liberal areas. Its success was
mostly in affluent areas; it won the highest number of votes in 28 of
Israel's 33 wealthiest communities.
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to unseat Netanyahu". Associated Press. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
* ^ "Labor, Livni agree to join forces ahead of elections".
Haaretz. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
* ^ "Two Israeli parties unite against Netanyahu". Al Jazeera
English. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
Isabel Kershner (11 December 2014). "Alliance Adds Twist to
The New York Times
The New York Times . p. A8. Retrieved 14 June
* ^ Marissa Newman (16 March 2015). "Livni forgoes rotating
premiership with Herzog". The Times of
Israel . Retrieved 14 June
* ^ Jonathan Lis (19 January 2015). "Former IDF intel chief joins
Zionist Camp; Mofaz doesn\'t". Haaretz. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
* ^ Moran Azulay (25 January 2015). "Center-left Zionist Camp
presents party list: We are the true Zionists". Ynetnews. Retrieved 14
* ^ "Key facts about
Israel and its election system". Associated
Press. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
* ^ Jodi Rudoren (March 18, 2015). "Netanyahu Soundly Defeats Chief
Rival in Israeli Elections". The New York Times. p. A1. Retrieved 14
* ^ Moran Azulay,
Zionist Union unveils party platform: Mending
ties with US, reducing cost of living, Ynetnews (March 8, 2015)
* ^ William Booth; Ruth Eglash (February 21, 2015). "Could Isaac
Herzog become Israel\'s next prime minister?". The Washington Post.
* ^ Hoffman, Gil. "