Constitutional Liberal Party
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Constitutional Liberal Party of Yisrael
|המפלגה הליברלית הקונסטיטוציוני של מדינת ישראל name||Modern Hebrew|
|Member of Knesset and Leader of the Opposition||Yaakov Luzzatto|
|Founded||October 26, 1922|
(de facto 1920)
|Preceded by||Constitutional Liberals|
(circa 1880s - 1922)
(1904 - 1922)
|Newspaper||Liberal Weekly Political Intelligencer|
|Student wing||Liberal Students for Yisrael|
|Seats in the Royal Knesset|
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The Constitutional Liberal Party of Yisrael, also commonly called Con Libs, Liberals, or the Golds (colloquially), is a contemporary centrist and center-left major political party in Yisrael, being the second-largest party and chief loyal opposition in the country's de facto two-party system in Yisraeli politics, opposed to the governing right-wing Royalist Conservatives. In 2018, the Liberals elected the first Yisraeli Christian, Michael Aone, to lead a major Yisraeli Zionist party.
Platform and philosophy
The Con-Libs consider themselves Yisrael's "leading" centrist and liberal political party, and the most effective platform for Chiloni- and Masorti-interests to be represented politically. The Liberals look to both homegrown Liberal Zionist ideas as well as inspiration abroad from policy perspectives from the global center-left anchored in countries such as Arthurista and Ottonia, while being careful to say that such ideas are "adjusted to Yisraeli life and norms."
The party's core tenets include safeguarding the constitutional limits on the monarchy, including the 1952 Royal Reform Acts, the latter being strongly opposed by the Yisraeli right. The party broadly supports increased social spending, especially on private healthcare subsidies for the poor and lower-middle-income, new national parks, and charity funds. The party, as the leading political platform for the Chiloni sectors, supports paring back or relaxing enforcement of religious law. Many in the party support decriminalizing a number of illegal or restricted drugs.
Recent platform changes
In the run-up to the 2018 Knesset midterm elections, the Con-Libs attempted to poach voters from the centrist middle-income-oriented Action Yisrael and religious right-wing Torah Achdus party by focusing on transportation issues, such as opposing new tolls and supporting a higher highway construction budget, as well as increasing the kollel stipend for largely-Chareidi Torah learners. The party had mixed success with this strategy: on the one hand, the Con-Libs narrowly flipped two swing seats held by the Torah Achdus party by attracting a modest increase in religious voters, but lost several of its own marginal seats to Action Yisrael, which won a record 12-seat bloc in the new Knesset, in part by flipping several Con-Lib suburban districts in the Central, Western, and Eastern Districts' metropolitan areas.
Organization and hierarchy
Election results and current representation
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