Top Arab MK: Netanyahu thinks Israel’s Arabs have a short memory

Joint List leader Ayman Odeh condemns Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attempt at reconciliation with Arab Israelis after years of acrimony, as the Likud leader seeks to reel in Arab voters ahead of the March elections.

Netanyahu thinks the Arab community has a “short memory,” says Odeh. “He won’t divide us into good Arabs and bad Arabs.”

“The only way to ensure the interests of the Arab community is a unified voice of Arab citizens and its Jewish partners who are fighting with honor and dignity for its interests — peace, equality, democracy, and social justice,” says Odeh, whose party has captured the vast majority of the Arab vote in recent elections.

Joint List leader Ayman Odeh speaks during a protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on April 19, 2020. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)