Arab parties merge ahead of Israeli Knesset elections

January 23, 2015 2:08 PM

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Arab parties merge ahead of Israeli Knesset elections

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israel’s Arab political parties—Balad, Ra’am-Ta’al, and Hadash—on Thursday announced that they will be vying in the March 17 Knesset elections on a joint ticket. Newly elected Hadash party leader Aiman Ouda has been chosen to head the new Arab list, whose name has yet to be announced.

While polls predicted an independent race by the Arab parties would see Ra’am-Ta’al and Hadash each win only handful of seats, Balad was predicted to fail to meet the election threshold altogether, which would have excluded it from the Knesset for the first time since 1996.

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