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As budget progresses, Ra’am chief said to warn coalition not keeping promises

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Ra’am party leader Mansour Abbas has made some harshly critical comments about the coalition he is a part of ahead of the approval of the state budget, according to a Channel 12 report Friday, saying it is failing to fulfill promises it made toward the Arab public upon its formation.

The network quoted statements Abbas supposedly made privately, though it did not detail the setting in which they were made or to whom.

“The fear of criticism from the right is preventing the government from living up to its obligations,” Abbas was quoted as saying. “They forgot that [former prime minister Benjamin] Netanyahu would walk around boasting of how much money he’d transferred to the Arab public. The shadow of Netanyahu looms over this government. You can’t stay forever afraid of what they might say in Likud.”

Referencing his past wish to join a Netanyahu-led government, which he believed would be the most capable of making moves to benefit Arabs due to its hard-right credentials, Abbas added: “It’s not for nothing that I thought it was preferable for Ra’am to go with a right-wing government.”

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