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Arab Israeli coalition could split again as election approaches

Estimating that the Arab Joint List no longer represents their ideas and interests, leaders of the Balad factions are considering to run independently on Nov. 1.
Sami Abu Shehadeh, a member of the Knesset for the Joint List and leader of the Balad party, speaks during a press conference to announce the launch of the party's election campaign, Nazareth, Israel, Feb. 20, 2021.

The chair of the Balad faction, Knesset member Sami Abu Shehadeh, posted a video on his Facebook page Aug. 20, saying that the time had come to reconsider the faction’s membership in the Arab Joint List, which was composed of four factions until the last elections — Balad, Ra’am, Hadash and Ta’al. Then, Ra’am decided to run independently.

In light of the current state of affairs in the Joint List, with growing internal disputes, Abu Shehadeh concluded that the time had come for introspection, followed by a lively discussion as to why the Arab sector stopped voting at the same rates as it did in the past.

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