Mansour Abbas said to boycott coalition leaders’ meeting, as demands unaddressed

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Mansour Abbas said to boycott coalition leaders’ meeting, as demands unaddressed
Lapid reportedly meets with Ra’am leader in bid to coax Islamist party to unfreeze ties with coalition, but fails to make breakthrough
By TOI staff
28 April 2022

Ra’am chair Mansour Abbas boycotted a meeting of coalition leaders that took place Thursday evening, Kan news reported, due to the party’s continued unhappiness with the government’s policies regarding Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, among other issues. The Islamist Ra’am party froze its involvement in the coalition earlier this month as pressure mounted on it over the ongoing tensions and violence between police and Palestinians in Jerusalem. It has since issued various conditions for a return to parliamentary and government participation, including bread and butter Arab society issues such as money for economic development and advancing housing plans.

Kan said Foreign Minister Yair Lapid met with Abbas on Wednesday, in what was described by a source as a “serious and constructive meeting.” However, the sides apparently did not manage to patch things up. Ra’am’s decision to freeze its coalition membership has been largely declarative so far, because parliament is in recess, though opposition sources said that they saw it as a further opportunity to weaken the coalition.

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