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Arab Israeli parties trade blame for election fiasco

With only 10 Knesset members following last week's elections, Israeli Arab parties blame each other for the failure.
(L to R) Sami Abu Shehadeh, Ayman Odeh and Ahmed Tibi pose for a group picture during a presser to announce the launch of the Arab Joint List alliance campaign, Nazareth, Israel, Feb. 20, 2021.

BAQA AL-GHARBIYYE,  Israel — One week after the general elections, Israeli Arab politicians are still trying to recover from the results. Both Ra’am and Hadash-Ta’al succeeded getting into the parliament, but Balad failed to pass the Knesset-entry threshold. The Arab electorate, some 21% of Israel’s population, now have only 10 Knesset members representing them. These future 10 Knesset members now represent some 21% of Israel’s Arab population. In the previous Knesset, non-Jewish lawmakers held 14 seats.

With such disappointing results, no wonder that most senior Israeli Arab politicians have been quiet on social media ever since the elections. Only Balad leader Sami Abu Shehadeh tweeted Nov. 4, “That’s the way it is in the Jewish demographic state. Whoever votes for equal and justice for all citizens becomes the enemy.”

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