Sunday, August 1

The historic arrival of an Arab party to the government of Israel (and why nothing will change for the Palestinians)

  • Norberto Paredes @norbertparedes
  • BBC News World

Mansour Abbas.

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Mansour Abbas, leader of the Ra’am party.

An eight-party coalition achieved this Sunday what seemed impossible just a couple of weeks ago: overthrowing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was in command of Israel for twelve years.

While the alliance is led by Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Yamina party, the new coalition – which has been described as historic because it includes almost the entire Israeli political spectrum – has a member who has attracted the attention of many and has raised several questions.

It is the United Arab List party, known by its Hebrew acronym Ra’am, which has become the first Arab political group to come to power in Israel’s history.

Bennett, who will serve until September 2023, promised that his government “will work for the good of all people“.

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