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Renegade Meretz MK says is unlikely to run for next Knesset

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

Meretz MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi attends a vote on a West Bank bill at the Knesset, in Jerusalem on June 6, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Meretz MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi attends a vote on a West Bank bill at the Knesset, in Jerusalem on June 6, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Meretz MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi says she stands by past statements that she will not quit the Knesset this term, but she is considering not running for the Knesset in the future.

“I am not resigning from this Knesset but it’s very likely that I will not run for the next Knesset again,” she tells the Galei Israel radio station. “Apparently I’m not a good enough politician.”

Rinawie Zoabi, who was given a guaranteed spot on the Meretz party list, is unlikely to be offered another next time. Although she nominally returned to the coalition after a brief rebellion, she has broken coalition discipline to topple critical to pass laws, invoking government and her own party leaders to call for her resignation.

The wayward lawmaker, for her part, says that she plans to act in line with her “conscience” to protect Arab interests.

“As long as I’m here I’m going to act according to my conscience and I am aware of all the consequences,” she says.

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