Mansour Abbas, the leader of the Islamist conservatives, has emerged as a coalition kingmaker
It seems that the breakup of the Joint List persuaded Arab citizens to vote with their feet and stay home
United Arab List leader Mansour Abbas said Wednesday that he is not „obligated to any bloc or any candidate,“ after the Islamist party surpassed the electoral threshold, with almost 90 percent of the vote counted in Israel’s unprecedented fourth election in under two years.
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„We’re here to protest police violence and also to call on the police to act against criminal gangs in our communities. We don’t have a violent message, we just want to live safely in our towns,“ Mahamid said.
Residents of nearby towns also joined the protests, as well as a number of Jewish Israelis and representatives from the Ra’am and Meretz political parties.
Current Knesset seats in [brackets]
30  Likud + Gesher (Netanyahu)
17  Yesh Atid (Lapid)
13  New Hope (Saar)
11  Yamina (Bennett)
07  The Joint List (Odeh)
07  Shas (Deri)
07  Labor (Michaeli)
06  United Torah Judaism (Gafni)
05  Yisrael Beitenu (Lieberman)
05  Religious Zionist + Otzma + Noam (Smotrich)
04  Blue & White/Israel Resilience (Gantz)
04  Meretz (Horovitz)
04  Ra’am (Abbas)
The Joint List, an alliance of four Arab parties that won a record 15 seats in elections held last year, finalized the break up overnight in which three will run together and the United Arab List, a party led by parliament member Mansour Abbas, will strike out on its own.
One of the main points of the division was Abbas‘ openness to working with Netanyahu or other Israeli leaders to address longstanding issues like crime and housing in Israel’s Arab community, which makes up around 20% of its population.
Three of the four factions of Joint List – Hadash, Ta’al and Balad – have signed an agreement for a united bid for Israel’s March election, parting ways with the conservative United Arab List after a prolonged period of disagreements.
At this stage, it’s not yet clear whether Ta’al might even decide to run jointly with Hadash and Balad, which have agreed to run on a joint slate, or whether it would pursue a link-up with the United Arab List.
In recent months, however, he appears to have formed a quiet alliance with the Joint List’s MK Mansour Abbas, to the chagrin of Abbas’s colleagues.
On Thursday during an unprecedented visit to the Arab town of Tirah to encourage vaccination, Netanyahu said he did not rule out placing an Arab lawmaker on his right-wing list.
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