Following immense uproar from within his own party, Likud MK David Amsalem walks back his assertion earlier this week that the Islamist Ra’am party would be welcome to join a Likud-led coalition so long as the bloc already has 61 other right-wing MKs.
Amsalem tells the plenum that his remarks in a Channel 12 interview were taken out of context while admitting that he could’ve chosen his words more carefully.
“Ra’am and the Joint List are anti-Zionist. They can not be in any government,” Amsalem now declares.
Likud and its leader Benjamin Netanyahu aggressively courted the Islamist party after the previous election, but their efforts were thwarted by the far-right Religious Zionism party, which refused to sit in a coalition with the Arab party.