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Split endangers Arab Knesset representation

Balad's decision to part from its Joint List partners Hadash and Ta’al might cost it dearly.

The Sept. 15 deadline for submitting party lists for the Nov. 1 Israeli elections was a day of high drama. The Joint List split at the last minute. Ahead of the last elections, the alliance lost one of its four partners when Ra’am under Mansour Abbas decided to run on its own ticket. This time, Balad decided to run alone. Now only Hadash and Ta’al will run together under the name of the Joint List.

The trigger for the Sept. 15 split was a dispute over the sixth spot on the list, reserved for Balad. The problem began when Knesset member Ahmad Tibi insisted that the seat go to his own Ta’al party. Balad refused to concede.

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