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Israel: a resigned MP returns to the coalition

2022-05-22T15:58:21.721Z

A member of the left-wing Meretz party, a member of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's coalition who announced his resignation on Thursday, is...



A member of the left-wing Meretz party, a member of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's coalition who announced his resignation on Thursday, reversed his decision on Sunday.

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MP Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi, a 49-year-old Israeli Arab, announced her departure in a letter denouncing the government's policy towards the Arab-Israeli minority.

Israeli Arabs, descendants of Palestinians who remained on their lands when Israel was created in 1948, represent 20% of the country's population.

Foreign Minister Yaïr Lapid welcomed the return of the elected official to the coalition on Sunday on his Twitter account.

"

I am happy that Ghaida Zoabi has returned to the coalition...we have put aside our differences and together we resume the work of the government and the coalition

", tweeted Yaïr Lapid.

In a letter sent Thursday to Naftali Bennett and Yaïr Lapid, Ms. Zoabi had affirmed that she could not “

continue to support the existence of a coalition which shamefully attacks the society from which I come

”.

She accused the leaders of the motley coalition led by Mr. Bennett and bringing together parties from the right, center, left and an Arab formation, of having "

strengthened the right wing

" of the coalition in recent months, by reason, "

narrow political considerations

".

They "

preferred to opt again and again for belligerent, rigid and right-wing positions on fundamental issues of the utmost importance for Arab society

", she wrote, citing in particular "

the colonization, occupation and demolition of houses in Arab localities

”.

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The threat to leave Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi came six weeks after the resignation of the deputy of the radical right party Yamina Idit Silman, who had placed the coalition on parity with the opposition, with 60 deputies in each camp, out of a total of 120 deputies in Parliament.

Source: lefigaro

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