Israel’s Arab parties reunite for upcoming elections

Four political parties representing Israel’s Arab minority have announced they will unite for the upcoming parliamentary elections. (File/AFP)
Updated 20 June 2019
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Israel’s Arab parties reunite for upcoming elections

  • Arabs make up about 20 percent of Israel’s 9 million citizens
  • Israel is heading to its second election this year, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a majority coalition government

JERUSALEM: Four political parties representing Israel’s Arab minority have announced they will unite for the upcoming parliamentary elections.
After last spring’s disappointing showing, the move looks to boost turnout and improve Arab representation in parliament.
The four factions first united in 2015, earning 13 seats in the 120-seat Knesset. They ran in two separate lists in April, which cost them a combined three seats, as one of the factions barely crossed the electoral threshold.
Ayman Odeh, the group’s perspective leader, says Thursday it was a mistake to run separately and the group is now committed to “national unity.”
Israel is heading to its second election this year, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a majority coalition government.
Arabs make up about 20 percent of Israel’s 9 million citizens.


Libyan warplane makes emergency landing on road in southern Tunisia

Updated 11 min 13 sec ago
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Libyan warplane makes emergency landing on road in southern Tunisia

  • The pilot said he was forced to land because his L-39 warplane was damaged
  • Government of National Accord said the plane does not belong to them

TUNIS: A Libyan warplane made an emergency landing on a road in the southern Tunisian town of Beni Khadash on Monday and its pilot has been detained, according to Tunisia’s state news agency TAP.
The Tunisian Ministry of Defense said the pilot informed the authorities that he was forced to make the landing due to damage to his plane.
Tunisia’s air force prepared to intercept the L-39 warplane but it landed before it could be reached, the ministry said in a statement on its website.

Forces allied to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) denied the warplane was one of theirs.
Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), which is allied to a rival administration in eastern Libya and which mounted an offensive on Tripoli in early April, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Witnesses said the plane had landed on a road and been surrounded by civilian vehicles stopping to watch.