Israel goes to the polls tomorrow for the fourth time in two years. Meanwhile, the violence that continues to plague the Arab society could hold the key to the outcome.
In this March 23 election, the Arab Ra’am faction led by Mansour Abbas will be running independently of the Arab Joint List. Ra’am has already declared its intent to establish a new paradigm for Arab politicians in Israel: “Not only will we pass the electoral threshold. We will become a major political force.” What they are really saying is that in order to rein in violence and crime in the Arab society, it is important to become part of the executive branch of government, and not just the legislative and judicial branches.