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Mansour Abbas should advocate acceptance of Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount

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15.06.2022

Ra’am party leader Mansour Abbas deserves a lot of respect. He is transforming Israeli politics in ways that would have seemed impossible only two years ago.

First, there is the fact that under his leadership, an Arab party became a year ago part of an Israeli governing coalition for the first time in Israeli history. This was huge progress for Israel’s Arab population. Israeli Arabs are now represented by someone who has substantial influence in their country’s government, and unprecedented progress has already been made under this coalition government in addressing the needs of Israel’s Arab population.

Another transformative action by Mansour Abbas was his declaration six months ago that Israel will always be a Jewish state and that Arabs should move past contesting Israel’s Jewish identity. Abbas said, “This is the reality. The question is not about the state’s identity — but what the status of Arab citizens will be in it.” Not only is this recognition setting the stage for defining in clearer terms the place of Arab citizens in the Jewish state, but it is also signaling to Palestinians that their claim for a right of return will be very limited at best. In doing so, Mansour Abbas has done more to make an eventual two-state solution........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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