Ra’am threatens election over block of family reunification


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Ra’am threatens election over block of family reunification
Since the coalition failed to pass the Citizenship Law, Shaked has been blocking family reunification cases by refusing to deal with requests.
OCTOBER 3, 2021

The Knesset will return from its summer and holiday recess on Monday amid threats from the Ra’am (United Arab List) Party to leave Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s governing coalition over family reunification of Palestinians who marry Israeli Arabs. The coalition failed in July to pass the Citizenship Law that blocks citizenship for such Palestinians, which could have opened the floodgates to thousands of such cases. But since then, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked has single-handedly blocked them by refusing to deal with their requests.

“If the issues pertaining to Arab society are not resolved, we will enable an election to be initiated by November 14,” said Knesset Interior Committee chairman Walid Taha of Ra’am. “If Shaked does not keep agreements we reached about the Citizenship Law, we will go to an election. Our coalition partners know that.” November 14 is the deadline for the narrow 61-MK coalition to pass the state budget, or else an election in February would automatically be initiated.

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