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Ra’am chief tells soon-to-be dispersed Knesset ‘it’s possible to work together’

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Ra'am leader Mansour Abbas speaks at the Knesset plenum hall, June 29, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Ra'am leader Mansour Abbas speaks at the Knesset plenum hall, June 29, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

In his parting speech to Israel’s 24th Knesset hours before its expected dispersal, Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas says that he would again support the big tent coalition he helped form in the future.

“I’d give this coalition another mandate in the future to continue,” Abbas says to the Knesset plenum, following remarks in Arabic.

Abbas says the coalition showed that cooperation between Israel’s Arabs and Jews is possible.

Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas speaks in the Knesset ahead of a vote to dissolve parliament, June 29, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

“It’s possible to work together,” he says.

“We didn’t find that there was such a big [gap] between all of the parties,” he adds, saying instead that coalition problems were caused by individual MKs who did not share his understanding of the situation.

Abbas says that he will “continue optimistically” to push his vision of Arab-Jewish partnership and that “this process is in progress, we’ve just started.”

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