Meretz head Gal-On: Netanyahu wants to limit Arab influence by allowing Israelis abroad to vote

May 1, 2015 19:46


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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s intention to enact a law allowing Israeli nationals living abroad to vote in parliamentary elections is a ploy to dilute the political influence of the country’s Arab citizens, the head of the left-wing socialist Meretz party said on Friday.

Zahava Gal-On told Israel Radio on Friday that she finds it “hard to reconcile with the fact that close to 1 million Israelis who chose to live outside the country’s borders and who do not serve in the IDF reserves and do not pay taxes can exert their influence on the government’s policies without having to bear the consequences of those policies.”

The Meretz chair said that while she does not support the initiative, she does respect people’s choice to live where they choose.

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