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Restore the Joint List

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The support from Hadash-Ta’al and United Arab List-Balad for the law that dissolved the Knesset – in contrast to the other center-left parties who voted against it – stemmed first and foremost from the internal political considerations of the four parties that make up the two slates. All of them saw new elections as a window of opportunity to correct the errors that resulted in their relatively poor showing in the April 9 elections to the 21st Knesset.

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The low voter turnout in the Arab community (49 percent), a third of whom voted for non-Arab parties, primarily Meretz, was a clear warning sign for the two parties. The parties won only 10 seats in the Knesset compared to 13 in the previous Knesset, when they ran as the Joint List. Tens of thousands of........

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