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Israeli Arabs Want In, Center-left Says No

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In a week that featured the horrific specter of the ruling party advocating for the disqualification of Arab political representation in the Knesset, the chairman of the Joint List, MK Ayman Odeh, did the most fitting, justified, wise thing: He declared he would be willing to join a center-left coalition.

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That is what should happen. Against the racism, against cowardice, against oppositional radicalism that improves nothing except the self-image of those who hold to it. Arab ministers in the government of Israel. That should be the norm. What a pity that Odeh’s potential partners insist on continuing to dance to the tune of stupidity. Kahol Lavan MK Yoaz Hendel announced immediately: “We won’t sit with the Arab parties that basically deny the existence of Israel as a Jewish state.” His party colleague MK Yair Lapid said: “Let Ayman Odeh first look at his own house and see who he’s bringing in before he starts conducting coalition negotiations."

They were both referring, directly and indirectly, to Balad,........

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