Palestinian-Israeli party becomes surprise kingmaker after Israel election

Israel’s election brought a surprise when a conservative party crossed the threshold to enter parliament and its leader emerged Wednesday as a possible kingmaker. Mansour Abbas and his Ra’am party – unlike other Palestinian-Israeli political groups before it – have not ruled out joining an Israeli government. “We are prepared to engage” with either Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s camp or his rivals, Abbas told Israeli radio while stressing that “I’m not in anyone’s pocket”. On Wednesday the party was on track to win five seats in Israel’s 120-member Knesset, with roughly 90 percent of the …

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