Tibi pleased Netanyahu out, but opposes new government

Joint List MK Ahmad Tibi says the new government will be even more right-wing than the coalition it is replacing.

“Something good is happening today,” namely Benjamin Netanyahu’s removal from power, following years of his “division and hatred” directed at Arab Israelis, says Tibi.

“But the alternative is right-wing, even more right-wing. I heard the prime minister designate, and he spoke about strengthening the settlements. He spoke about regulation and sovereignty in the Negev,” he says, adding that Arab Israelis know those words are euphemisms for plans that will harm the Bedouin communities in southern Israel.

Joint List party member Ahmad Tibi speaks during a press conference presenting the Joint list Hebrew election campaign in Tel Aviv, February 23, 2021. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

“This government is a government that can’t be supported. Its guidelines are most problematic. It doesn’t freeze the Kaminitz law [on illegal construction]. It doesn’t stop the demolitions in the Negev,” says Tibi.

Tibi adds that he is worried about the right-wing “Flag March” set for the Old City on Tuesday, which could inflame tensions, and the looming evictions of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah under a court order.

Never miss breaking news on Israel
Get notifications to stay updated
You're subscribed