At the end of a lengthy and very interesting article about the coalition bargaining since Israel’s election, the following paragraphs offer interesting insight into Meretz’s party-list dynamics:
Meretz is waiting for the final vote count in the hope that Zehava Gal-On (number four on the Knesset list) will get into the Knesset.
Gal-on, an outstanding parliamentarian and a staunch human rights fighter, volunteered two months ago to give her third place slot, which she won in the party’s primary, to the new candidate Nitzan Horowitz. Meretz’s plunge to three Knesset seats left her out.
Horowitz, formerly Channel 10′s foreign correspondent, was asked by former colleagues Yaron London and Mordechai Kirschenbaum on Wednesday whether he would quit for Gal-On. He said he would not “deal with personal issues.”
If Horowitz doesn’t quit for Gal-On, several people in Meretz will demand party leader Haim Oron’s resignation, Meretz sources said. He is the man behind the flop called The New Movement Meretz and foisted the new candidates onto his party leadership.
It would be immoral, improper and outrageous for Oron to continue serving as Meretz leader in the Knesset, while Gal-on remains out of it, the sources said.
Subsequently, it has been learned that the original seat allocation likely would hold.* If an elected MK resigns, the next available candidate on the same party’s list takes the seat.
* This item also includes some of the fine details of the electoral system, including that it takes about 28,000 votes, given the turnout in this election, to win a seat. The party closest to approaching the 2% threshold this time was the Green Movement-Meimad, which is more than 40,000 votes short. Regarding the surplus-vote agreements:
Excess voting arrangements allow parties with more than the necessary minimum to enter parliament, but less than the votes needed to nab an extra seat, to allocate “excess” votes to an allied party.