'Strategic move': Arab politician helps clinch Israel's new anti-Netanyahu government

7th Jun, 2021

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Mansour Abbas, who heads the Raam faction, attends a hearing Israel's Supreme Court in Jerusalem. — Reuters/File


It was a photo opportunity for the history books: A politician from Israel's Arab minority grinning alongside a far-right Jewish leader and his allies, moments after endorsing him as prime minister and handing him a governing majority. Common cause against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu helped bring Mansour Abbas into the political fold late on Wednesday, his tiny faction securing a paper-thin majority for Jewish parties hoping to unseat Israel's longest-serving premier.

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