TEMPO.CO, – The United Arab Party or Ra’am will make history if the opposition succeeds in removing Benjamin Netanyahu from the post of prime minister of Israel. Ra’am will be the first Israeli Arab party to sit in government.
“This is the first time an Arab party has been part of the process of forming a government. We certainly hope it succeeds and the government will rise after four rounds of elections,” said the general chairman of the Ra’am party, Mansour Abbas, an Islamic conservative on Wednesday night as quoted by the Times of Israel, Friday, June 4, 2021.
Previously, eight political parties in Israel agreed to form a coalition to form a new government, the Cabinet of Changes, to prevent Netanyahu from being re-elected. Chairman of the Yamina Party, Naftali Bennett, and Chairman of the Yesh Atid Party, Yair Atid, will alternately serve as PM.
Abbas said that he and the other opposition have agreed on many plans and budgets regarding Israel’s Arab community. “Which provides solutions to the burning problems in Arab society, such as planning, the housing crisis, and of course, fighting violence and organized crime,” he said.
He promised that joining the Islamist party would bring many benefits to the Negev region in southern Israel, the stronghold of Ra’am, who is predominantly from the traditional Bedouin community.
Ra’am said they approved a budget plan offered by the opposition coalition of 53 billion Israeli shekels (NIS) or Rp. 232 trillion for programs targeting the Arab community.
According to a statement by this Islamic party, Bennett and Lapid pledged 30 billion NIS over five years and 2.5 million NIS to fight violence and organized crime in Arab society. The other 20 million NIS will be invested over the next 10 years to repair collapsed infrastructure in Arab cities.
In addition, three unidentified Bedouin villages, namely Abda, Khashm al-Zena, and Rakhma, will be legalized in a government decree.
Another agreement is that the new government will amend the 2017 Kaminitz law on illegal construction that is considered discriminatory against ethnic Arabs.
For decades, Israeli Arab parties have almost always been outside the decision-making process in Israeli politics. Jewish parties shun them as extremists, while they themselves are often skeptical of joining an Israeli government which they see as treating them as second-class citizens and oppressing Palestinians.
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Source: TIMES OF ISRAEL