The ‘King of Israel’ Is No More: Israel Faces a Future Without Netanyahu – VICE
In Israel’s political chaos, one party is declaring victory. The Joint List, the coalition of Arab political parties, saw their support surge, winning perhaps up to 13 seats. Under Israel’s proportional system, that means they took away votes from the right-wing bloc, denying Netanyahu a clear majority.
The Joint List’s success was a rebuke to Netanyahu’s polarizing campaign that stoked anti-Arab sentiment by floating dubious allegations of voter fraud, and pushing a law to allow party officials to bring cameras into polling stations, widely seen as an attempt to intimidate Israel’s Arab population.
“This was an extremist, racist campaign”
“What raised their voting rate is they feel they are under attack directly,” said Hassan Jabareen, the founder and general director of Adalah, a legal group that fights for the civil rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel. “This was an extremist, racist campaign.”