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Wed May 12, 2021, 10:55 PM

Arab-supported government in Israel looks less likely

Source: Al-Monitor

“We just suffered a devastating blow," a senior official involved in the negotiations to form Israel's next government told Al-Monitor this morning on condition of anonymity. "It is doubtful now that we will be able to form the government that we wanted. The overwhelming feeling is that everything just got a lot more complicated.” The pessimistic assessment comes in the wake of one of the most impactful nights in the history of Arab-Jewish relations in the State of Israel.

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These developments have direct implications for the efforts to form a new government that were gathering momentum since last weekend. Until now, it seemed likely that Netanyahu would be out of office within a week, but the political combinations and alliances needed for assembling the new government were shaky.

Yamina chair Naftali Bennett, who once opposed any collaboration with the Arab parties, was suddenly willing to accept their support if it meant that he would become prime minister, even with only six seats in the Knesset. Many of Bennett’s voters were furious. He had promised before the election that he would not help form a new government that included leftist parties. Now, the government he has proposed relies not only on the left but on an Arab party. Bennett’s voters felt cheated.

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In the morning, however, the parties seemed no less determined to form a new government, perhaps even more committed. The first to respond to questions about the talks was Ra’am head Mansour Abbas. “We have no choice but to return to the table once the flames have subsided so that we can negotiate the formation of a new government. We have a real chance to play an important role in Israeli politics for the benefit of our sector,” he said in a radio interview.


Read more: https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/05/arab-supported-government-israel-looks-less-likely

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed May 12, 2021, 11:41 PM

1. Good lord, is Netanyahu going to pull it off again?

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Thu May 13, 2021, 12:29 AM

2. NuttyYahoo

got exactly the result he wanted as a result of instigating a conflict by ordering commandos to throw stun grenades into and fire rounds into one of the world's holiest structures during a prayer service.

360 Palestinians injured and wounded, and 65 murdered, including 14 children.

NuttyYahoo tweeted out: 'Well done IDF'

What a fascist monster. All to simply hold on to power.

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Thu May 13, 2021, 12:57 AM

3. Feels like hardliners provoked violence to derail negotiations

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Thu May 13, 2021, 10:55 AM

4. Just what Bibi wanted.

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