Third Way (Israel)

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For the political position, see Third Way (centrism).

The Third Way (Hebrew: הדרך השלישית‎, HaDerekh HaShlishit) was a political party in Israel in the 1990s.

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The party was formed on 7 March 1996 towards the end of the thirteenth Knesset's term when two MKs, Avigdor Kahalani and Emanuel Zisman, broke away from the Labour Party.[1] Kahalani and Zisman disagreed with the party's willingness to entertain the idea of withdrawing from the Golan Heights in return for peace with Syria.

The party ran in the 1996 elections and won 96,457 votes. This gave them four seats, with Yehuda Harel and Professor Alexander Lubotzky joining Kahalani and Zisman in the Knesset. They were invited to join Binyamin Netanyahu's Likud-led government and Kahalani was appointed Minister of Internal Security. On 23 March 1999, Zisman left the party to sit as an independent.[1]

The party ran in the 1999 elections, but faced with a massive loss of support, won only 26,290 votes (0.7%), well below the electoral threshold of 1.5%. After its failure, the party ceased to function, but remained registered. In 2011 its registration was taken over by Independence.[2]

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