Raising the Knesset threshold was a game-changer, and now the Arab parties must find a way to unite in order to stay relevant. Will they put aside their egos and political differences for the sake of Israel’s Palestinian minority?
By Samah Salaime Egbariya
A war of attrition has been declared on the Palestinian minority in Israel, in the wake of endless discussions over the possibility of uniting the Arab parties to run in the upcoming elections. It turns out that Arabs are not really connected to realtime: with every passing week, simple folk such as myself (not to mention 60 percent of the Arab public) who are not active in any political party, are feeling more and more distant. Our trust is dwindling, our skepticism is increasing, and we cannot help but make fun of our leaders’ inability to find the perfect formula. Put simply: how the hell can they fit nine Arab men and one good Jewish man in the same list as a woman or two? You add four more candidates, one from each party, that’s how.
The only thing currently working is the tidal wave of names and descriptions ascribed to the arduous unity process: the term “united party” is no longer relevant; a “united list” may be a better fit. Or what about “strategic unity”; “a fictitious marriage” that will give birth to an “illegitimate child”; or the cherry on top: “the talks between the factions are akin to prostitution and an abandoning of principles.”
We’re getting carried away, if you ask me. It is as if we are talking about a historic agreement that will forever change the political map. We all know that the Arab parties (along with the Arab-Jewish Hadash party) are seen as one bloc anyway. So why break it up now? And how is it that every party seems to be providing its own polls that show that its power is only growing, and that the Arab public has chosen it to lead?
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