Ra’am to oppose fast-tracking right-wing bills, no decision yet on backing direct elections

The conservative Islamist Ra’am party says it will vote against the bills being proposed today in the Arrangements Committee, including a bill that would legalize West Bank outposts.

“It opposes our values and principles,” Ra’am says.

But Ra’am, led by maverick Arab Israeli politician Mansour Abbas, says it has yet to decide whether it will vote in favor of a law sending Israel to a direct vote for prime minister.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has advanced the plan in recent days in the hopes of remaining in power, given that the Likud leader does not appear to have a plausible path to a coalition.

“The negotiations on the matter are ongoing,” Ra’am says.

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