Israel Election Results: This Arab Israeli Leader Will Decide Netanyahu's Political Fate

Israel elections 2021 ■ With nearly 90 percent of the vote counted, Mansour Abbas' UAL is slated to garner five of Knesset's 120 seats. Abbas has not yet declared support for either political bloc

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This story was originally published on March 18, ahead of the March 23 Israel election.

One might expect that Mansour Abbas, the leader of the Islamist United Arab List party currently turning Israeli politics on its ear, would hail from an intensely Muslim enclave.

But a day spent in Abbas’ hometown of Maghar, a small city stretched across a Galilee hilltop, where most of the locals know Abbas as a dentist and the son of a shopkeeper, explains many of his contradictions.

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