Israel's Religious Zionist Party Rules Out Any Support From United Arab List

© AP Photo / Oded BaliltyA man walks by election campaign billboards showing Israeli Prime Minister and head of the Likud party Benjamin Netanyahu, left, alongside the Blue and White party leaders, from left to right, Moshe Yaalon, Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid and Gabi Ashkenazi, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, April 7, 2019. Hebrew on billboards reads, left "Strong Likud strong Israel" on the right "Every vote matters, win Blue and White". (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
A man walks by election campaign billboards showing Israeli Prime Minister and head of the Likud party Benjamin Netanyahu, left, alongside the Blue and White party leaders, from left to right, Moshe Yaalon, Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid and Gabi Ashkenazi, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, April 7, 2019. Hebrew on billboards reads, left Strong Likud strong Israel on the right Every vote matters, win Blue and White. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty) - Sputnik International, 1920, 25.03.2021
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Israel's Religious Zionist Party will not agree to a coalition cabinet that includes the United Arab List party or relies on its support, its leader said on Thursday.

"A right-wing government will not be established that is based on Mansour Abbas' Ra'am Party [Israeli name for the United Arab List party]. Period. Not from within, not from outside, not through abstaining, and not through any other Isra-bluff", Bezalel Smotrich wrote on Facebook, as quoted by The Jerusalem Post.

לא תקום ממשלת ימין שתתבסס על רע"מ של מנסור עבאס. נקודה. לא מבפנים, לא מבחוץ, לא בהמנעות, ולא באיזה ישראבלופ אחר. >>>...

Опубликовано ‎בצלאל סמוטריץ'‎ Четверг, 25 марта 2021 г.

He went on to argue that "terrorism supporters who deny the existence of the State of Israel as a Jewish state are not legitimate partners for any government."

A senior member of the religious Shas party, Itzik Cohen, in turn, disagreed with Smotrich and accused him of extremism, the newspaper noted.

© REUTERS / RONEN ZVULUNIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara cast their ballots at a polling station as Israelis vote in a general election, in Jerusalem March 23, 2021
Israel's Religious Zionist Party Rules Out Any Support From United Arab List - Sputnik International, 1920, 25.03.2021
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara cast their ballots at a polling station as Israelis vote in a general election, in Jerusalem March 23, 2021

With final results of Tuesday's general election yet to be announced, preliminary figures suggest that neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor his opponents managed to garner enough seats to form a government unilaterally, thus repeating the deadlock that has gripped the country over the past two years.

The situation makes smaller parties like the Islamic United Arab List and the hardline Religious Zionist Party possible kingmakers in future coalition talks.

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