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    Arab politician and leader of the "Arab Movement for Change" in the Knesset commented on the recent Israeli elections, saying that they made the country's government more right-wing and extremist.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The outcome of the elections for the Israeli Knesset held on Tuesday is disappointing as the new parliament has become more right-wing and extremist, an Arab politician and leader of the "Arab Movement for Change" in the Knesset told Sputnik Arabic.

    "In general, the Israeli election results are disappointing. It was unexpected that the results would have this much right-wing extremism… I believe that the government will be worse; it will become more right-wing and extremist than before," Ahmed Tibi said.

    According to Tibi, the election results were a surprise even for the country's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "He did not expect to seize 30 seats in parliament,” Tibi said.

    The Joint List of three Arab-dominated parties, including the Arab Movement for Change (Ta'al) led by Tibi, gained 14 seats in the Israeli parliament, which is more than in recent years.

    "This is a good start for us, for our brigade, to do our job effectively serving political, economic and civil issues and the concerns of the Arab people," the politician noted.

    Regarding the consequences of the Israeli parliamentary elections for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Tibi said that a two-state solution "is being forgotten."

    "Hence, Benjamin Netanyahu is not a partner in [the] negotiations; therefore, there should be pressure on the world community," Tibi said.

    More than 4 million Israelis, or 71.8 percent of eligible voters, cast their ballots on Tuesday, making it the highest turnout since 1999.

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