ARABS HAVE full representation in the Knesset, with MKs such as Ayman Odeh (Joint List)..
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
MK Ayman Odeh, head of the Hadash-Ta’al party, expressed satisfaction after exit polls showed that his party has won 6-7 seats in the Knesset.
The exit polls gave the second Arab party, United Arab List-Balad, 4-5 seats.
“I would like to thank our heroic people,” Odeh told supporters shortly after the exit polls were published.
“Our people faced the most difficult campaign of incitement since 1948. “Our people faced the most dangerous prime minister since 1948.”
Odeh said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the “most hostile” prime minister towards Arabs since 1948.
MK Ahmed Tibi, head of Ta’al party, said that he hopes that the final results of the election would give Hadash-Ta’al at least seven seats. He expressed satisfaction that Arab voters headed to the ballot boxes in the last hour before the closure of the voting centers.
Tibi attributed the low turnout in the Arab sector to “apathy” and not “ideology.” The non-participation of Arabs in the election was the result of apathy,” he said. “Many Arabs were saying that the Knesset is not important and that the Arab Knesset members haven’t done anything for the Arabs.”
Earlier, the leaders of the two Arab parties expressed deep concern over low turnout in the Arab sector. By three o’clock, only 20% of the Arab Israeli voters had cast their ballots. By ten o’clock, the percentage rose to 52%.
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