Ultra Left Meretz Party Decimated

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Members of the far-left Meretz party were stunned at their losses in the general election, falling to a low of three seats.

The loss means the party's outspoken MK (member of Knesset) Zahava Gal-On, will likely not be part of the next Knesset.

On Tuesday evening, Gal-On had no comments for reporters.

"She has a lot to say," one of her associates said. "We are still waiting for the final vote count," he said.

"There are more seats that are supposed to be divided between the parties. Maybe Meretz can still get four seats," her associate said.

"There is no doubt that no one ever thought Zahava could be out of the Knesset," he said.

Less than six weeks ago, Gal-On yielded her place on the party's Knesset list.

When Meretz merged with Hatnua HaHadasha (The New Movement) party in December 2008, Gal-On gave her third place spot on the list to Nitzan Horowitz, who resigned as Channel 10's international affairs correspondent to join the newly merged party.

Party chairman Chaim Oron, who replaced Yossi Beilin when he left politics for the business world at the end of October 2008, said he does not intend to step down as party head.

Source: YNet news

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