Not a Jewish State: Palestinian-Israelis form Coalition that could be 3rd Largest Party

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“For the first time, Arab political groups are united as one party for Israel’s parliamentary elections and could influence the selection of the next prime minister of Israel. A coalition of Arab parties known at the “Joint Arab List” could become the third-largest political group, giving 1.7 million Arabs a bigger voice in the political process. CCTV’s Stephanie Freid reported this story.”

CCTV America: “growing Arab unity ahead of Israel parliamentary elections”

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  1. The prominent longtime Israeli newspaper Maariv has polled prospective voters and disclosed results showing that the center-left Zionist Union – composed of the Hatenua and Labor parties, led by Tzipi Livni and Isaac Herzog, respectively – is likely to receive 25 seats and the Likud Party 21 seats in the Knesset in the upcoming election.

    Sixty-one seats are needed for a majority in the 120-seat Knesset and it is absolutely certain that Zionist Union will need the projected 13 seats that the Joint Arab List is expected to realize if it intends to form a coalition government – meaning it would be the first time in Israel’s history that an Arab-dominated party or party union would be a coalition partner in the Israeli government – and likely place an Arab for the first time in an influential cabinet seat.

    Although not a Arab party, the leftist Meretz Party is likely to be another potential coalition partner of Zionist Union – and would be necessary to form a governing coalition if Zionist Union does well enough in the upcoming election and wishes to form a government.

      • @Avi Green:

        Bibi has no coalition yet – he siphoned off votes from smaller right-wing parties to get Likud’s 30 seats.

        When and if Bibi persuades Moshe Kahlon’s party to be a coalition partner – then he can pop the champagne cork.

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