The views of the Arab citizens of Israel must be heard in the country’s latest election

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has often hit out Arab citizens in his own country ( AFP )

Increased participation from the Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel in the latest election can help be a catalyst for a brighter future for the country and all Palestinians

By Jonathan Shamir and Wasim Nasser


The day before the country’s third election in less than a year was announced, the Israeli tabloid Israel Hayom called people to reject Avigdor Lieberman, professed “kingmaker” in any coalition negotiations, and his Yisrael Beiteinu party, to end the political stasis.

It has become commonplace to explain the present quagmire through the intransigence of individuals – whether Lieberman’s polarising provocations, the Blue and White alliance leaders’ quibbling, or Benjamin Netanyahu’s shameless pursuit of power. This is because blaming internal disagreements among them is more comfortable than reflecting the country’s treatment of its largest minority, Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel.


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