Arab party voters would prefer united list headed by Tibi, poll finds
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Arab party voters would prefer united list headed by Tibi, poll finds

Likelihood of single Arab party slim, due to differences among leaders

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Ahmad Tibi addresses the Knesset on May 21, 2012.  (photo credit: Uri Lenz/Flash90)
Ahmad Tibi addresses the Knesset on May 21, 2012. (photo credit: Uri Lenz/Flash90)

Most supporters of the Knesset’s three Arab parties would prefer to vote for a united list rather than three separate factions, according to a poll published on Sunday by Israel Radio.

The survey, conducted by Dialog, found that 65 percent of voters for the Hadash, Balad, and Ra’am Ta’al parties would rather vote for a united Arab list, and 55% would be interested in having MK Ahmad Tibi (Ta’al) head the alliance. The other Arab party leaders all polled below 10%.

Political sources informed Israel Radio, however, that chances were slim that the three Arab parties would unite, citing differences of opinions between the party leaders.

Respondents were also asked whether the nearly two-year-old Syrian civil war would affect their vote, and 46% answered that the Arab parties’ stances on President Bashar Assad would influence their decision.

The three Arab parties currently hold a total of 11 seats in the Knesset, and a poll conducted and published by Yedioth Ahronoth on Friday found the Arab parties would maintain that figure.

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