Ra’am chief says he offered Tibi to join coalition, Tibi says he won’t

Ra’am party head Mansour Abbas tells Channel 12 he proposed to MK Ahmad Tibi of the Joint List to bring his Ta’al party into the new coalition, and that Tibi is weighing the offer.

Ta’al quickly rejects any such notion, saying it will not join a government led by Naftali Bennett.

The Joint List is an alliance made up of Tibi’s Ta’al, the hardline Balad and the leftist communist Hadash. Ra’am was also part of the alliance until quitting it in January ahead of the March election, amid disagreements about Abbas’s plans to negotiate with Netanyahu and others on potentially joining the government.

Abbas eventually signed on with the change bloc to be a part of the coalition, the first Arab party to do so in decades.

Joint List party member Ahmad Tibi speaks during a press conference presenting the Joint list hebrew election campaign in Tel Aviv, February 23, 2021 (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
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