Da (political party)

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Movement for Democracy and Aliyah
התנועה לדמוקרטיה ועלייה
Leader Yuli Kosharovsky
Founded 1992
Ideology Soviet immigrant interest
Most MKs 0

The Movement for Democracy and Aliyah (Hebrew: התנועה לדמוקרטיה ועלייה‎‎, HaTnu'a LeDemokratia VeAliya), commonly known as Da (Hebrew: דה‎‎; Russian: ДА, lit. Yes), was a minor Israeli political party founded by immigrants from the former Soviet Union in the early 1990s.

History[edit]

The party was established in 1992 and sought to have the well-known refusenik Natan Sharansky head its list. After several changes of heart, Sharansky turned the offer down.[1]

Led by Yuli Kosharovsky,[2] in the elections that year the party won 11,697 votes (0.4% of the total, and around 5% of the immigrant vote),[1] and failed to cross the electoral threshold of 1.5%. Most Russian immigrants voted for the Israeli Labor Party.[3]

Notable members included Gennady Riger, who later served as general secretary and a MK for Yisrael BaAliyah, another immigrant party.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The “Russian Revolution” in Israel Association for Israel Studies
  2. ^ Ashdod Journal; Land of Milk, Honey and Discontent New York Times, 23 May 1992
  3. ^ Russian migrants seek louder voice in Israel The Independent, 11 June 1995