MembersUnderstanding Arab Politics and Politicians in Israel

Three primarily models of Arab politics have emerged in Israel, but only one offers a way forward

By Jason Silverman | | Topics: Israeli Arabs
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and United Arab List party head Mansour Abbas attend a plenum session and a vote on the state budget.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and United Arab List party head Mansour Abbas attend a plenum session and a vote on the state budget. Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Last week, after pundits and politicians prophesied the end of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s governing coalition, head of the Islamist Ra’am party Mansour Abbas organized a press conference at the Knesset to announce that “Ra’am will give the coalition another chance.”

Mansour Abbas saved Bennett and Lapid’s government.

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Leading up to this tension-filled decision, many were certain that the governing coalition was on track to quickly take its last breath, sending millions of Israelis yet again back to the ballot box. This was following a slew of political setbacks, perhaps primarily due to the inexperience of Bennett as prime minister.

One major event that clearly demonstrated the government’s deterioration was the sudden resignation of MK Idit Silman (Yamina) from the coalition, thereby leading to loss of its parliamentary majority. It was reported as the work of politically-savvy work on the part of Likud as it works...

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