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Top Haredi rabbi says Arabs are better political partners than the left

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky seen at his home in the city of Bnei Brak on his 92nd birthday, January 11, 2019. (Shlomi Cohen/Flash90)
Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky seen at his home in the city of Bnei Brak on his 92nd birthday, January 11, 2019. (Shlomi Cohen/Flash90)

Top ultra-Orthodox rabbi Haim Kanievsky has okayed a potential government with the Islamist Ra’am party, in a development that would have been unthinkable until several months ago.

Quoted by several TV networks, Kanievsky gives an affirmative answer when asked whether the right wing can join forces with Arab parties in a coalition. He says that in many ways, the ultra-Orthodox and Arab communities are alike.

He goes as far as saying that regarding tradition and religion, going with Arab lawmakers is a better option than left-wing MKs.

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