The Israeli Labor Party (Hebrew: מִפְלֶגֶת הָעֲבוֹדָה הַיִּשְׂרְאֵלִית, translit. Mifleget HaAvoda HaYisrelit, commonly known as HaAvoda (Hebrew: הָעֲבוֹדָה lit. "The Labor"), is a social democratic and Zionist political party in Israel. The Israeli Labor Party was established in 1968 by a merger of Mapai, Ahdut HaAvoda and Rafi. Until 1977, all Israeli Prime Ministers were affiliated with the Labor movement.

The Labor Party is associated with supporting the Israeli–Palestinian peace process, pragmatic foreign affairs policies and social democratic economic policies. The party is a member of the Progressive Alliance and an observer member of the Party of European Socialists. The party was also a member of the Socialist International until suspending its membership in 2018 over the Socialist International's decision to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign.

Labor Party in Alpha and Omega[]

The Labor Party and its predecessors had ruled Israel for about a generation after independence, and had never gotten used to being out of power. In the elections which followed the dirty bomb attack on Tel Aviv, Labor performed even more poorly than usual, setting a dismal new record in its history. The party leader could not even convincingly manage a brave face for the cameras.[1]


  1. Alpha and Omega, pgs. 143-144.