The Joint Arab List split up alters the political landscape - analysis


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The Joint Arab List split up alters the political landscape - analysis
Balad, which was one of three parties in the Joint Arab List broke away from the other two, making it less likely that they will pass the electoral threshold.
Published: SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

In the run-up to last Thursday night’s deadline for parties to file their final lists for the November election, Prime Minister Yair Lapid took a page out of rival Benjamin Netanyahu’s playbook and got very involved in other parties’ business. Lapid watched as Netanyahu was proactive in trying to avoid splits inside the right-wing camp that could possibly have led to the loss of tens of thousands of key votes. Netanyahu made sure that Bezalel Smotrich’s Religious Zionist Party, would run together with Itamar Ben-Gvir’s Otzma Yehudit, and also ensure that Avi Maoz’s Noam Party would be represented there as well.

Netanyahu even pledged to the haredi parties that teaching math and English in their schools would not be a prerequisite to getting government funding, thereby ensuring that Degel HaTorah and Agudat Yisrael would not split and would run together again as United Torah Judaism. Anything so that no party in his bloc would run alone and risk not passing the 3.25% electoral threshold, which is expected to be equivalent to four seats’ worth of votes.

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