by Rebecca Weiner
Established in 1988 as a religious Zionist alternative to the National Religious Party (NRP), Meimad (Dimensions - Movements of the Religious Center) was discouraged by the NRPs increasingly right-wing positions on the peace process and security matters. Meimad hopes to incorporate Orthodox religious practice in Israeli public life, but does not want to do so by restrictive legislation. Meimad maintains that peace between Israelis and Arabs is possible and that Israel can negotiate land for peace because of the concept of pikuach nefesh, which states that saving a soul is more important. In 1999, Meimad joined Ehud Baraks One Israel party.