Independent Centre

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Independent Centre
המרכז העצמאי
Leader Eliezer Shostak
Founded 1975
Dissolved 1976
Split from Free Centre
Merged into La'am
Political position Right-wing
Alliance Likud
Most MKs 2 (1975–1976)
Fewest MKs 2 (1975–1976)

The Independent Centre (Hebrew: המרכז העצמאי‎, HaMerkaz HaAtzma'i) was a political faction in Israel between 1975 and 1976.


The faction was established by Eliezer Shostak and Ehud Olmert after they broke away from the Free Centre, a member of the Likud alliance, in 1974. The founding conference of the new faction, which remained part of the Likud, was held in February 1975.[1]

In 1976 the Independent Centre merged with two other Likud factions, National List and the Movement for Greater Israel, to form La'am, which became the third largest faction within Likud. It later formally merged with Herut, Likud's largest faction, in 1984. The Free Centre later broke away from Likud and joined the Democratic Movement for Change.


  1. ^ Founding conference of the Independent Centre Davar, 21 February 1975 (in Hebrew)