November 19, 2019

Israel Should Welcome Arabs Into the Coalition

“”Economy Minister Ayman Odeh and Health Minister Ahmad Tibi entered their offices in Jerusalem today.” In this manner, many people on social media platforms are currently pointing out the “threat,” the “slippery slope” and the “dangerous direction” in which coalition negotiations are headed.

While many Jews perhaps view this scenario as a bad dream, I would like to ask them to stop for a moment and try understanding how for many other Israelis – this is a good dream. More than a dream; it would be an important step toward realizing the desires of a sector that wants to see its representatives become partners in the decision-making processes that shape our shared future here.

This desire to break down the walls of the Opposition began gaining steam over the past decade, even though these years have been complicated for the Arab public. On one hand, crime has become rampant, the policy of home demolitions has intensified, and there are still wide gaps between Jews and Arabs in many aspects of daily life, the economy, education, and culture. The nation-state law also didn’t help the mood.

On the other hand, however, as the Arab population in Israel remembers and knows, it has been right-wing governments that allocated the most funds in recent decades to developing Arab communities. This has left an indelible mark.”

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