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Mansour Abbas, head of the Ra'am Party, meets with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on April 5, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Will an Arab political party prove ‘kingmaker’ in Israeli elections?

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Israel remains in a political deadlock as both right-wing and left-wing blocs remain unable to form parliamentary majorities, and similarly cannot find formulas to create a unity government. The situation is creating an opportunity...
Ayman Odeh, head of Israel's Joint Arab List party, arrives at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on April 5, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Joint Arab List head: ‘Intifada will end occupation, see Palestinian flag fly over Jerusalem’

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Ayman Odeh, the leader of Israel’s Joint Arab List Party, called on Monday for a Palestinian uprising and praised Arab youth for their role in the recent violent clashes in Jerusalem. Taking to Facebook to...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Bedouin as part of talking with voters prior to the March 23 election, March 7, 2021. Credit: Courtesy.

Could an Arab party play kingmaker in Israel’s election?

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s effort to gain Israeli Arab votes by emphasizing his practical policy towards them by aiding with issues that concern them appears to be gaining traction. He has been seen...
Joint Arab List head Ayman Odeh speaks to the media at party headquarters on election night in the Arab city of Shfar'am, March 2, 2020. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Report: Joint Arab List leader Ayman Odeh receives funds from PLO

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The leader of the Knesset’s Joint Arab List, Ayman Odeh, received payments from a senior Palestinian Authority official, Israel’s Channel 20 reported on Sunday. According to the report, the transfer of cash took place when Odeh visited...
Joint Arab List head Ayman Odeh speaks to the media at party headquarters on election night in the Arab city of Shfar'am, March 2, 2020. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Israel’s Arab parties launch election campaigns; vow not to ‘sell out’ to Netanyahu

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Israel’s Arab parties, Balad, Ra’am, Ta’al and Hadash, which together form the Joint Arab List, launched their campaigns this week, ahead of the March 23 Knesset elections. The faction’s central committee affirmed Hadash leader Knesset...
Deputy Knesset Speaker and Ra'am Party leader Mansour Abbas. April 16, 2019. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

What’s behind an Israeli Islamist politician’s budding relationship with Netanyahu?

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Joint Arab List Knesset member Mansour Abbas raised eyebrows and angered some of his fellow Arab lawmakers after seeking to improve ties with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud Party, yet the...
Mansour Abbas of the Ra'am-Balad Party holds a press conference after a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on April 16, 2019. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

Joint Arab List fumes as Ra’am Party head skips vote to dissolve Knesset

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Members of the Joint Arab List are up in arms after Ra’am Party head Mansour Abbas, along with three of his fellow party members, skipped a vote to disperse the Knesset on Wednesday. Faction officials went so...
Deputy Knesset Speaker and Ra'am Party leader Mansour Abbas. April 16, 2019. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

Israel’s Joint List outraged after member says ‘Arab parties not in left’s pocket’

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Deputy Knesset Speaker and Ra’am Party leader Mansour Abbas was the target of outrage within his own Joint Arab List faction after he told the right-leaning Israeli Channel 20 on Tuesday that “the Arab parties are...
The flags of the U.S., United Arab Emirates, Israel and Bahrain are screened on the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, on September 15, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Israeli Arabs remain divided over normalization deals with Gulf states

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The Joint Arab List was alone in voting against the normalization deal with the United Arab Emirates in the Knesset, upsetting many Israeli Arabs that welcomed a move that is likely to become a...
Joint Arab List Knesset member Sami Abou Shahadeh and a Balad delegation present convicted terrorist Anis Saffouri with a plaque following his release from prison. Source: Official Balad Facebook page.

Joint Arab List MK participates in celebration for released terrorist

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Israeli Knesset member Sami Abou Shahadeh of the Joint Arab List’s Balad faction participated in a recent event celebrating the release of convicted terrorist Anis Saffouri, who was sentenced in 2009 to 14 years...