Islamist Ra’am Will ‘Leave Door Open to Dialogue’ With Incoming Far-right Coalition

The Islamist Ra’am party stressed on Sunday that although it sits in the opposition, it will not necessarily vote in line with the bloc that opposes incoming prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and will keep the channels of communications open with the next far-right and racist coalition, specifically when it comes to matters that concern Arab-Palestinian communities in Israel.

President Issac Herzog meets with Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas in Jerusalem on November 10, 2022 (Photo: GPO)

In comments cited by Ynet website, Ra’am MK Walid Taha said he met earlier Sunday with Yesh Atid faction chair MK Boaz Toporovsky, but that he made it clear “that Ra’am has never been part of a bloc, and it will consolidate its positions and decide about its next steps.”

Taha later told Haaretz that Ra’am would “leave the door open to dialogue” with the incoming coalition headed by Netanyahu’s Likud alongside far-right and religious parties, even as he noted that it “contained fascist elements” and that its composition was “not good news for the Arab public.”