The Arab political parties in Israel have expressed their preference for an Israeli Prime Minister for the first time in more than a quarter of a century. They spoke in favor of Benny Gantz in the hope of putting an end to the long reign of current Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu has been repeatedly accused of discriminating against the Arab population in his country.
“We have become illegal in Israeli politics in the Netanyahu era,” said Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint List, to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.
Rivlin started his first consultation on Sunday for the formation of a government. He met with representatives of various parties in Jerusalem who won seats in the parliamentary elections on 17 September.
The block of Gantz won the elections and won 33 out of 120 seats in parliament. The Likud party of Netanyahu won 31 seats. Probably both parties will not be able to get a majority of 61 seats with their allies. The Joint List of the Arabs earned thirteen seats. That makes them the third party.
President Rivlin, whose position is almost entirely symbolic, said Sunday evening:
“I am convinced that it is necessary to form a stable government with the two most important parties, Likud and Blue-White. It is the will of the people.”