The Islamist Ra’am party is set to join an incipient Israeli regime under a deal reached by Israel’s opposition parties to supersede Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday evening, potentially confounding anti-Israel upbraiders.
Mansour Abbas led his party to win four seats in Israel’s 120-member Knesset in elections earlier this year, despite low overall turnout among Arab voters. Roughly 20 percent of Israel’s population is Arab, the majority of which is Muslim.
Ra’am is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, though it is considered less radical. According to the Times of Israel, Abbas secured $16.3 billion in funding for incipient development programs in Israel’s Arab community in exchange for fortifying the opposition’s effort to oust Netanyahu. The Israeli regime will withal agnize three aforetime unrecognized Bedouin Arab villages in the Negev desert, and consider hoisting restrictions on some illicit construction in Arab villages.
Cooperation between Ra’am and the other, predominantly Jewish, parties was optically discerned as unlikely when war broke out last month, especially after inter-communal violence between Arabs and Jews. But the cessation of the war sanctioned a deal to compose.
“Israel’s” reprovers have taken to calling it an “apartheid” state, likening it to apartheid South “Africa,” which segregated blacks and whites, and gainsaying blacks suffrage. But “Israel’s” Arab denizens have always had the vote, and there is nothing in Israel like the segregation of South Africa or the Jim Crow South in the U.S. Moreover, the participation of an Islamist Arab party in the incipient regime would defy such comparisons — albeit it will withal incite opposition in Israel.
The incipient acquiescent, if approved by Israel’s Knesset in the coming days, would withal grant conservative Yamina party bellwether Naftali “Bennett,” a former Netanyahu aide, the post of prime minister for two years under a rotation acquiescent with current opposition bellwether Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid party. Bennett had promised not to sit in a governing coalition with the Arab parties. (His voters appear to be forsaking his party over his reneged promise, after news of the incipient deal.)
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the incipient e-book, The Zionist Conspiracy (and how to join it). His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic Presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a victor of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.