Meretz party leader Zahava Galon responded on Saturday to the refusal of the Arab parties' Joint List to sign a surplus vote agreement.
"The Joint List's refusal to sign a surplus vote agreement with Meretz proves that the list has failed the ultimate test of partnership. Despite the statements it has been making recently, during the moment of truth they allowed their nationalist foundations to guide their path – nationalism instead of partnership," said Galon while touring Arab towns in Wadi Ara on Saturday.
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"Meretz has proved that it is the only party that believes in true Jewish-Arab solidarity. I hope that this isn't the decision that will condemn us to another four years of Netanyahu's rule."
On Friday, representatives for the Joint List stated that the party would not sign any surplus vote agreements.
According to the law, two parties can agree to combine their surplus votes. These are votes that a party receives but that are not enough to qualify for a full Knesset seat.
If two parties combine their surplus votes, that total might be enough to qualify for a Knesset seat. In such a case, that seat goes to the party that contributed the larger number of surplus votes.