Ra’am threatens coalition over Joint List talks

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The Ra’am (United Arab List) Party threatened to stop supporting the government on Sunday, due to talks with the rival Joint List after Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz spoke to Joint List leaders about them providing a parliamentary safety net to counter the opposition on the state budget and other key legislation. The move angered Ra’am MKs, who do not want to share credit with their rivals for any funding for the Arab sector. Ra’am MK, Walid Taha, tweeted on Sunday that he had informed coalition partners that Ra’am would not participate in committee meetings or vote on laws until further notice.

Earlier on Sunday, Ra’am MK Mazen Ghanaim threatened in an interview with KAN 11 Arabic radio that he will dismantle the coalition if the government carries out attacks in Gaza.The Ra’am MK also reportedly commented on the Citizenship Law, calling it a racist law directly causing suffering to 20,000 Palestinian families.”There is no love story between (Ra’am head) Mansour Abbas and the new government,” said Ghanaim. “Bennett and Netanyahu? Both are as bad as each other. Israeli media has been recruited by the government.” It should be noted that despite Ghanaim’s threats, the IDF has already carried out several actions in the Gaza Strip since the new government was formed and Abbas has not complained about them.





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