LISTEN: Jewish Votes Will Boost Arab Parties – and Could Save Israel

A growing number of Israeli Jews are set to reject left-wing parties, Netanyahu's racism and Trump's 'peace' plan - and vote for the Joint List on March 2. LISTEN FREE

Joint List leader Ayman Odeh addressing an election gathering in Tel Aviv on February 18, 2020.
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With Israelis set to vote for a third time in less than a year, Haaretz Weekly discusses the rise in support for a predominantly Arab party among left-wing Jewish voters, who are disillusioned with the traditional “Zionist” parties.

Gayil Talshir, a senior lecturer in political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem who specializes in Israeli voter behavior, believes that “a record number of Jews” will vote for Arab-led parties on March 2.

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Who are the Israeli Jews willing to vote for a coalition that includes anti-Zionists? Is the Joint List the only party that genuinely promotes civil and national equality in Israel and which fights against racism and the occupation? How have efforts to marginalize and disenfranchise Israel’s Arab citizens backfired? And could these Arab parties even make inroads into marginalized Jewish communities?

Host Simon Spungin is joined by Judy Maltz and Bradley Burston.

Recommended related reading:

Disillusioned and Angry, These Israeli Jews Plan to Vote for Arab Party / Judy Maltz

Bibi Is the Past. Ayman Odeh – Lawmaker, Israeli, Unavoidable – Is the Future / Bradley Burston

To bring about change, Israel's Arabs need more than increased representation in parliament / Jack Khoury

Vote for Joint List = Vote against Trump / Dmitry Shumsky