Dr. Arik Rudnitzky breaks down the Arab vote to the 25th Knesset elections – it seems that Ra’am's gamble paid off and they emerged the big winner.
Dr. Arik Rudnitzky on the outcome of the final Arab vote for the 25th Knesset: “After ten years of internal strife, the Arab parties took a political stand. Mansour Abbas’s (Ra’am) gamble paid off and they emerged as the big winner with five seats and the highest voter turnout. In Balad’s case – ‘the surgery was successful, but the patient died,’ and they were unable to pass the minimum threshold. Balad’s decision to run on their own contributed to higher voter turnout than expected – but not high enough. It seems that they did not have enough time to rally voters to show up at the polling stations. It is interesting to note that in the ‘mixed cities’ there was a tight race between Arab parties and the right-wing Likud and Religious Zionism – in particular in the polling stations in the traditionally Arab neighborhoods.”
Source of data: Knesset Central Elections Committee