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Israel Needs a Government That Includes the Arabs and the ultra-Orthodox

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Haaretz Editor-in-Chief Aluf Benn wrote Monday that the candidates to lead the country, Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, each represent the hatred of a different minority: “Arab-haters to the right, haters of ultra-Orthodox to the left.” Benn added that while Netanyahu is embracing the ultra-Orthodox – the Haredim – as eternal partners, Gantz is afraid to extend a hand to the Arabs.

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The fear of the Arab vote serves the right in general and Netanyahu in particular; he understands that the greatest threat to right-wing rule is this vote, without which the left can’t form a government.

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Gantz must extend his hand to the Arab community. If he doesn’t, Netanyahu will. Nathan Eshel, the fixer at the prime minister’s residence, delivered this message back in June in two op-ed pieces, one in the right-wing weekly Makor Rishon and one in Haaretz. “Israel’s Arabs are the solution, not the problem,” he wrote, and........

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