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Will Israel’s Arabs use their new-found power wisely?

If they do, it could well be to Israel’s wider benefit.

The anti-Bibi government that took office ten months ago is tottering, due to a defection from Yamina to Likud. As a result, the governing coalition has only half the seats in the Knesset.

However, contrary to what many commentators who should know better are saying, the Opposition does NOT have the other half–it only has 54 seats with the new defection, because the remaining six seats are held by the Joint Arab List, which is neither government nor official Opposition. Even if it had the Joint List votes, the Opposition could not vote the government out of office, forcing a new election; much less can it do so without the Arab votes.

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