Ra'am denies threat to coalition

According to a report from KAN, the Arab party complained that its votes were being taken for granted, but it later clarified that the report was wrong and that it was working within the coalition.

Ra'am Party leader Mansour Abbas casts his vote at a voting station in Maghar, during the Knesset Elections, on March 23, 2021. (photo credit: FLASH90)
Ra'am Party leader Mansour Abbas casts his vote at a voting station in Maghar, during the Knesset Elections, on March 23, 2021.
(photo credit: FLASH90)

Ra’am (United Arab List) denied a report on Wednesday night that the party was demanding the recognition of three unrecognized Bedouin villages in return for its support for the state budget.

According to the KAN report, Ra’am complained that its votes were being taken for granted.

But the party later clarified that the report was wrong and said it was working constructively within the coalition and not through the press.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his ministers faced criticism from current and former Arab MKs on Wednesday for not doing enough to end the recent spate of murders and crime in the Arab sector.

Joint List leader Ayman Odeh pointed out that there have been 90 Arab murders this year in Israel.

“They all have names and faces,” he said. “The government can and must end this debacle and make a decision to end the crime and the murders immediately. We cannot wait for the next victim.”

 Murder scene in Rama where Education Ministry adviser Sahar Ismael was shot dead on Sunday, August 15, 2021.  (credit: ISRAEL POLICE SPOKESMAN) Murder scene in Rama where Education Ministry adviser Sahar Ismael was shot dead on Sunday, August 15, 2021. (credit: ISRAEL POLICE SPOKESMAN)

Former Likud minister Ayoub Kara said the ministers and MKs of the current coalition were “putting their heads in the sand as if such murders were an acceptable norm.”

“Instead of protesting, they are cooperating with efforts to downplay this and trampling the state’s self-respect,” Kara said. “I call on the ministers to take charge, act like they control the land and prove that they care as much about the lives that have been lost as they care about their cabinet seats.”

Current Likud MK Fateen Mulla, a former deputy minister responsible for the Arab sector, mentioned some of the most horrid murders in the sector – and that the Arab affairs adviser to senior ministers was shot at his home a month ago and the police have no idea who did it.

“It seems like scenes from a crime movie, but it is Israel in 2021,” Mulla said. “It is time to use a strong hand. These criminals do not deserve education or culture. We have no more time for conferences and special meetings. All tools must be used to end this phenomenon.”

Religious Zionist Party MK Itamar Ben-Gvir warned that the police are paralyzed by fear of rioting and losing their credibility.

“There will be no solution to the violence in Arab society until they, especially their leaders, respect the state, its laws and its character,” Yamina MK Amichai Chikli said.