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Israeli right, Arabs fume over talks between Netanyahu, Joint List senior

Members of the Joint List are angry over what seems to be rapprochement, perhaps even a political deal, between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset member Mansour Abbas.
Members of the Joint List Ayman Odeh (C) speaks to the press in the presence of Ahmad Tibi (R), Osama Saadi (L) and Mansour Abbas (2nd-L) following their consulting meeting with Israeli President, to decide who to task with trying to form a new government, in Jerusalem on September 22, 2019. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images)

“The age of the boycott by Arab Knesset members is over," Ronen Tzur, senior adviser to Defense Minister Benny Gantz, tweeted Dec. 21. "The next government will include them regardless of whether it is formed by the right or the left. This historic achievement can be attributed to one man: [Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu.”

The Knesset's failure to pass a budget or proposed legislation to extend the budget debates beyond their deadline meant that the Israeli parliament was dissolved and that new elections were called.

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