[Stav Shaffir's] grandparents came to Israel from Poland, Lithuania and Iraq to pursue the Zionist dream, she continued, and it’s now that very dream — the job of “building a real home” for the Jewish people — that her movement is seeking to reclaim. “We think the Zionist dream is a much bigger one than how the people on the extreme right picture it,” Shaffir said, adding that her movement could be called “Occupy Zionism.”
|Shaffir with Yonatan Levi|
|Photo of Dafni Leef (who began the protests) held aloft with Stav Shaffir.|
So far, there have been some partisan impacts on the leadership level. Both Labor and Meretz now have new leaders who emphasize socio-economic issues (Shelly Yachimovich and Zehava Galon, respectively). And even Shaul Mofaz, as the newly elected leader of Kadima, is claiming a social justice agenda---in contrast to his defeated rival, Tzipi Livni. But how this will all come out in the end--especially given the crisis atmosphere vis-à-vis Iran and the ongoing tense stalemate with the Palestinians--is very much up in the air.