United Arab party a surprise new force in Israeli election

March 9, 2015 12:59 PM

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UMM EL-FAHM, Israel (Reuters) - A political sideshow for much of the past six decades, Israel's Arab minority is hoping to gain much-needed muscle after next week's parliamentary election, with four Arab parties uniting under one banner for the first time.

Surveys show the Joint Arab List could even finish third in the vote and become a factor in the coalition-building that dominates Israeli politics, where no party has ever won a parliament majority.

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