Far-right Party Leader Smotrich: 'Arabs Are Citizens of Israel, for Now at Least'

Leading an effort against an Arab-backed coalition, Religious Zionism chief claims Arab leaders 'will be legitimate partners' only if they accept Israel as a Jewish state and stop 'sympathizing with its worst enemies'

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"Arabs are citizens of Israel, for now at least, and they have representatives at the Knesset, for now at least," far-right political leader Bezalel Smotrich said on Monday, doubling down on his vehement opposition to a potential government backed by Islamist party United Arab List.

Speaking at his Religious Zionism faction meeting, Smotrich – who has been accused of racism before over anti-Arab statements – claimed his opposition to any political collaboration with Arab parties stems from their support for terrorism, as he puts it.

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