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Israel's Joint List Lacks a Message

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The public opinion polls are unflattering. In the heat of August, a freeze is the party’s most salient feature and the latest diagnosis points to a serious scarcity of vision in the Joint List.

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Without vision, the battle is lost. The apple, according to Amos Oz in his last book, is made of water, earth, sunlight, an apple tree and a bit of manure. However, while it is made out of these ingredients, it doesn’t resemble them. That appears to sum up the story of the Joint List in one bite. The partnership includes all the ingredients, but its spirit is floating elsewhere.

In 2015, the Joint List saw the light of day with a message declaring the coming together of an excluded public, united against the evil of a high electoral threshold that threatened to empty the Knesset of its Arab members.

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The party, under the brilliant leadership of Ayman Odeh, also said that both peoples in this land share a........

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