Joint List MK resigns as part of rotation agreement

Former Balad MK Bassel Ghattas’ resignation as part of a plea deal complicated the rotation agreement.

August 9, 2017 13:56
1 minute read.

President Reuven Rivlin meets with a delegation from the Joint (Arab) List at his residence March 22. (photo credit: Mark Neiman/GPO)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

MK Abdullah Abu Marouf stepped down from the Knesset on Wednesday, and will be replaced by Saeed Alharomi when the resignation goes into effect on Friday.

Alharomi is a teacher and the former mayor of Segev-Shalom, a Beduin town in the Negev, and is a member of the United Arab List, an Islamist party that is one of the four making up the Joint List bloc.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Abu Marouf’s resignation came as part of a rotation agreement between the parties, by which he and Osama Sa’adi of the Ta’al party were supposed to resign and be replaced by Juma Azbarga of Balad and Alharomi.

However, former Balad MK Basel Ghattas’s resignation in March as part of a plea deal for being caught smuggling phones and documents to terrorists in prison complicated the rotation agreement, and the party has been arguing over what the solution should be, so that Balad will have four lawmakers in the Knesset as it was meant to.

An official statement from Ta’al, led by MK Ahmad Tibi, said that “the party is committed to enacting the rotation agreement as one unit, including its part of the agreement.” In keeping with that, Sa’adi sent a letter last month to the Joint List’s Reconciliation Committee, which deals with disputes between the parties, expressing willingness to resign last week.

However, Ta’al has refused to pull its candidate from further down the candidates list to clear the way for the next potential Balad lawmaker, Nivin Abu Rahmon of Balad, who would be the Joint List’s third female lawmaker.

Related Content

July 20, 2018
Latest Israeli hoops protégé Deni Avdija finding his wings