Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas says he could still support a government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after voting against Likud on the establishment of a key parliamentary panel.
“This is unrelated to the next step, this is unrelated to the establishment of the government. We are still saying… all of the options are on the table, whoever accommodates us, we’ll accommodate them,” Abbas tells Channel 12.
But he also attributes the retaliatory step in parliament earlier to “incitement” against Ra’am by the far-right Religious Zionism, which is allied with Netanyahu.
He says his decision to side with Netanyahu’s rivals in parliament was aimed at “preserving our political power.”
“We want to preserve our political power as an independent power” that will benefit Arab Israelis, he says.