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Ra’am chief: Talking first with Netanyahu gave me legitimacy also in center, left

Ra’am party leader Mansour Abbas, who is set to join the emerging coalition, explains to the Kan public broadcaster that he preferred to conduct his initial negotiations with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, because that enabled him to gain legitimacy not only on the right, but in the center and left as well.

“It was more perfect to take this step with full-blown right — because in these matters, when you do the process with the right you also get the center and the left,” the Islamist leader says, adding his move led to “recognition in the entire political and social spectrum in Israel.”

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