Israel’s Electoral Impasse Is Putting Arab Parties on the Political Map

Mansour Abbas, leader of the United Arab List party, at a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem, April 5, 2021 (pool photo by Abir Sultan via AP).
Mansour Abbas, leader of the United Arab List party, at a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem, April 5, 2021 (pool photo by Abir Sultan via AP).
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Right after last month’s general election in Israel, the fourth in two years, the remnants of the country’s center-left parties were unofficially absorbed into a newly formed political concoction called the “change bloc.” In politics, the term “change” is usually invoked to suggest a difference in policies or convictions from the status quo, but in this case, it refers to a single event: ending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year rule. To achieve this goal, the change bloc brought together politicians so ideologically distant from one another that it is hard to imagine them forming a book club, let alone a […]

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