Meretz lawmaker and former party leader, Tamar Zandberg, called the merger a “dramatic move to strengthen the left” and a “significant boost to justice and equality as an alternative to the corrupt and messianic right”.

The Israeli political scene is in full swing, before the new elections, convened after the failure of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a coalition government after the elections in April.

The left-wing opposition parties are seeking to unite in order to prevent Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud, who has been in power since 2009 and is well placed in the polls, to once again win the election in September. It is common in Israeli politics for parties to unite, in the event that they do not meet the eligibility threshold set at 3.25% of all votes, in the Israeli electoral system.

In a joint statement, Meretz leader Nitzan Horowitz and Ehud Barak announced Thursday their decision to unite their parties on the joint list called “The Democratic Camp”.

Stav Shaffir, a 34-year-old Labor Party member who is very active in the fight against social inequality in Israel, will also join Nitzan Horowitz om the list in second place.

Meretz lawmaker and former party leader, Tamar Zandberg, called the merger a “dramatic move to strengthen the left” and a “significant boost to justice and equality as an alternative to the corrupt and messianic right”.

Last Saturday Benjamin Netanyahu broke Israel’s record for longest-serving PM, Previously held by the country’s founding father David Ben Gurion.

Barak who headed the Labor party defeated Netanyahu in the 1999 general elections. However, his government was short-lived after being defeated in the 2001 general elections by Ariel Sharon.

Barak returned to the Labor Party in 2005, and in 2007 was appointed Defense Minister by then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. He actually continued serving in that position until 2013 while Netanyahu was prime minister.

The 77-year-old former lieutenant general was the most decorated Israeli soldier and longest-serving chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces before assuming the position of Prime Minister in 1999.