Ra’am chair Abbas predicts final tally will give him ‘4 or even 5’ seats

Raoul Wootliff is the The Times of Israel's political correspondent.

Ra’am chair Mansour Abbas says he believes the final election results will show his party entering the Knesset and shaking up the political map.

“We have 150,000 votes, that means we are in,” he tells reporters outside his home in Maghar. “We will get four or even five seats.”

The party currently has 95,347 votes, according to the latest tally from the Central Elections Committee, with close to 80% of the total votes counted.

Abbas defends leaving open the possibility of cooperation with Netanyahu.

“We wanted to present a different path. Ra’am took the right step for Arab Israeli society,” he says.