Published 2nd January, 2013

Hadash, also known as the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality was established in March 1977. It describes itself as a Socialist front of organisations and believes in Communism, Socialism and Israeli-Arab interests.

In its first electoral outing in 1977 the party took five seats, the highest number it was to achieve to the present day. In the 1981, 1984 and 1988 elections the party won four seats each time, but in 1992 they dropped back to three seats.

In 1996 the party experimented in a joint list with Balad. The two parties won five seats but a split soon after left Hadash with three seats.

In 1999 they took three of the 120 seats in the Knesset and in 2003 experimented in a joint list with Ta’al. Together they won three seats, but another split left Hadash with two seats.

In 2006, on their own Hadash took three seats and in 2009 that went up to four seats.

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