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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...
Israeli Knesset member Mansour Abbas (left) and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas. Credits: Knesset and kremlin.ru.

Mansour Abbas, Mahmoud Abbas and the ‘Abraham Effect’

Israel’s March 2021 parliamentary elections and those scheduled for the Palestinian Authority on May 22, 2021, in the West Bank have focused international attention on two Arab leaders: Mansour Abbas, leader of Israel’s United...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at a Likud Party meeting at the Knesset on April 19, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Likud loses key Knesset vote, as opponents seek to replace Netanyahu

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Israel’s ruling Likud Party lost a key Knesset vote on Monday, giving opponents of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a narrow majority in a newly formed Arrangements Committee. The committee sets the parliamentary agenda...
Ra'am Party leader Mansour Abbas and party members at their headquarters in Tamra on election night, March 23, 2021. Photo by Flash90.

Ra’am official: Party won’t support Netanyahu coalition ‘from outside’

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Knesset member Mansour Abbas’s Ra’am Party has decided in principle to back a coalition under Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while remaining outside it, a senior party official told Israel Hayom. According to the official, the...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses supporters on election night at Likud Party headquarters in Jerusalem, March 23, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Netanyahu, opponents have no clear path to governing majority, official election results show

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his opponents have no clear path towards a Knesset majority, Israeli election results show, indicating that the country’s political gridlock will continue. The results of Tuesday’s election confirm that...
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...