Joint List chair MK Ayman Odeh was reelected Saturday, December 28, as the Chairman of Hadash’s parliamentary faction, part of the Joint List political alliance, towards the March 2 general elections for Israel’s 23rd Knesset, the third election to be held since April 9, 2109. The Hadash council met in the northern city of Shefa-‘Amr (Shfaram).
Hadash (The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality – Communist Party of Irsael) announced it would maintain the same slate as the last time around. The first six elected candidates of Hadash in the Joint List coalition are: MKs Ayman Odeh, Aida Touma-Sliman, Ofer Cassif, Yousef Jabareen, Jaber Asakla and former MK Youssef Atawne.
After the council meeting, MK Odeh said that he “promises that even in the third election campaign, I will continue to lead us as we increase in strength, alongside the other members of the faction, in order to implement the values that connect us all: An Arab-Jewish partnership that will bring peace, equality, democracy and social justice for all.”
After the four parties comprising the Joint List garnered 13 seats in September’s round of voting, they have their sights set on 15 or even 16 seats – by appealing directly to Jewish and Arab voters, among other means. “We have data and a sense that the voting rate among Arabs and progressive Jews will rise and the Joint List will get more seats,” said Communist Party of Israel Secretary General, Adel Amer, during the council.