MembersThe Jewish People Polarized

As many as 20,000 Jewish voters cast ballots for the Joint Arab List. Why?

By Edy Cohen | | Topics: Election
Division in Israel leads to Jewish votes for hostile Arab party.
Photo: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

A year of elections has shown that there is an increasing trend of Jewish Israelis voting for the Joint Arab List.

The Arab faction received two seats more than it did in the second election, which took place last September. According to data collected by the Joint List, more than 20 thousand Jewish voters cast their ballot for the party in areas traditionally considered to be the hub of the Zionist Left—Ra’anana, Tel Aviv, Givatayim and Herzliya. This trend illustrates the current polarity facing Israeli society. 

Most Israelis still view voting for the Arab factions as an act of extremism that borders on betrayal of Zionism and traditional Jewish values. But those who do so appeal to the global liberal predisposition to identifying with the suffering and oppressed, to which the Left, both here and abroad, makes exclusive claim. The Right, they say, simply doesn’t care about “the other.”

And it goes beyond Knesset elections. Recently, we have witnessed more and more Israeli Jews identifying with...

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