Liberalism in Israel

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


Yesh Atid and Hatnua

Liberal leaders

See also

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