MembersMansour Abbas and Netanyahu: New Best Friends?

“Whoever reaches out to us, we will reach out to him.”

By Aviel Schneider | | Topics: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Arabs
Abbas and Netanyahu
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If Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, and soon also Saudi Arabia are willing to make peace with Israel and its right-wing government, why must the Arab people in Israel continue to take a back seat in this political game? The first one to address this publicly, angering his colleagues in the Joint Arab List, is the leader Ra’am faction, Mansour Abbas. Abbas is a practicing Muslim who is rethinking his politics and who sometimes amazes and irritates those around him.

For several months now, the 46-year-old Arab has been getting ever closer to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is still branded a right-wing extremist by the Arab community. “I want peace and Bibi doesn’t want war,” Abbas is reported as saying. The Israeli media are already calling it a BFF (“Best Friends Forever”) relationship, with regard to this new political romance.


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