Pro-Israel Arab party to run in next Knesset election

Thursday, October 25, 2012 |  Ryan Jones

This article is part of a series on Israel's upcoming early election and the parties taking part in it. To learn more about Israel's political scene, visit our topic page on Election 2013

Israel's upcoming early election just got a lot more interesting with the announced formation of a new Arab political party that intends to support the Jewish state.

Israel's Channel 2 News on Friday highlighted the new party, which will reportedly be made up of "well-known" Arab public figures.

One of the organizers for the new party told Channel 2, "We're tired of Arab MKs who are more concerned with foreign policy in the Arab world and the Palestinian people."

The source was referring to the fact that the three Arab parties currently in the Knesset are made up of lawmakers who spend the bulk of their time condemning and undermining Israel and collaborating with its enemies.

The new party's goal is to do its job of truly representing its constituents, and therefore will busy itself with bettering the lives of Israel's Arab population.

Earlier in the summer we reported on an Arab public figure from the Galilee who planned to form a pro-Israel Arab Knesset party. Sarhan Bader, a local Likud activist, told The Jerusalem Post at the time that he, too, was tired of Israel's current Arab lawmakers misrepresenting the community.

"Most Arab citizens are in favor of coexisting, cooperating and living in harmony with Jewish Israelis," he said. "The other Arab parties place too much emphasis on the Palestinians and external Arabs. But it’s more important to serve the Arabs inside Israel who want to live here in peace with our Jewish cousins."

It is not yet clear if Bader will be part of the new Arab party profiled by Channel 2, or if two pro-Israel Arab parties will seek seats in the next Knesset.

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