Israel Election Updates | Talks on Left-wing Vote-surpus Deal Collapse

The Joint List - which is the only party to define itself as non-Zionist - will not sign an agreement with any party.

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 Joint List candidates during a news conference in Nazareth, Feb. 7, 2015.
Joint List candidates during a news conference in Nazareth, Feb. 7, 2015.Credit: Reuters
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2:35 P.M. Talks on new left-wing surplus-vote deal collapse

Talks on a new surplus-vote agreement among the left-wing parties, which was meant to strengthen the left-wing bloc, collapsed on Friday afternoon.

Earlier this week, Haaretz reported that the Zionist Union and Meretz were considering revoking their surplus-vote agreement and signing similar accords with other parties, to avoid losing — and possibly to gain — Knesset seats.

Talks were underway to forge a deal between Meretz and the Joint List, but reached a dead end on Friday afternoon, when it became clear that The Joint List - which is the only party to define itself as non-Zionist - will not sign an agreement with any party.

According to the law, two parties can agree to combine their surplus votes. These are votes that a party receives but that are not enough to qualify for a full Knesset seat.

If two parties combine their surplus votes, that total might be enough to qualify for a Knesset seat. In such a case, that seat goes to the party that contributed the larger number of surplus votes. (Jack Khoury)

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