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Many liberal political parties in Israel's history can claim substantial popular support, mainly proved by having representation in the Knesset.

Since Israel's founding, liberals have been active in politics. Note that the label "liberal" was also used by a conservative party that derived from the liberal current. At the moment Shinui, meaning "change" in Hebrew, represents liberalism by being a strongly anti-clerical, pro-free market liberal party. Shinui is a member of Liberal International.

While liberalism is usually suspicious of nationalism, Jewish liberals in Israel generally support some form of Zionism. By contrast, Balad draws upon liberal values in its aim to eliminate discrimination against Arabs and to redefine Israel as a state for all its citizens rather than a Jewish state, while the party itself is not an Arab liberal party.




From General Zionists to Liberal Party

From Progressive Party to Independent Liberals

From Shinui to Shinui

  • 1973: Amnon Rubinstein forms the protest party Shinui
  • 1976: Shinui merges with the newly founded Democratic Party to become Dash
  • 1978: Dash splits up into the Democratic Movement and the Movement for Change and Initiative
  • 1981: The Movement for Change and Initiative renames itself Shinui, and in 1988 becomes Shinui-Center Party
  • 1992: The party merges with Mapam and Ratz to form Meretz, a left wing party with social democrat tendencies.
  • 1998: Avraham Poraz splits with Meretz and recreates Shinui as an independent party.
  • 1999: Yosef "Tommy" Lapid is invited by Poraz to head Shinui.
  • 2006: Lapid leaves Shinui and Poraz secedes to form Hetz.


Liberal leaders

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