The Ra'am Enigma and the Religious Gamble: An Informed Reading of the Palestinian Arab Community or Groping in the Dark.

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Author: Nohad Ali
Date: Summer 2022
From: Israel Studies(Vol. 27, Issue 2)
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Document Type: Article
Length: 6,742 words
Lexile Measure: 1730L

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Israel held four elections to the Knesset in the space of two years: April 2019 (21st Knesset), September 2019 (22nd Knesset), March 2020 (23rd Knesset), and March 2021 (24th Knesset). The article presents a thorough review and evaluation of the recent Knesset elections and a discussion of the causes and implications of the results. My aim is to reformulate the internal and external political equations concerning the Palestinian-Arab relationship with the State of Israel on the one hand, and with the Palestinian people and their Arab and Islamic environments on the other. Although the last four election campaigns in Israel were characterized by large fluctuations in Palestinian Arab turnout, at the end of the process the United Arab List, Ra'am, chose to become part of the coalition for the first time since the establishment of the State of Israel. This decision to participate in the decision-making apparatus of a country that is characterized and defined as an ethnic-national state has aroused interest among both Palestinian Arabs and Jews. The article examines the sources of the legitimacy of the process between the Palestinian-Arabs, the Jews and the state. It also seeks to identify the unique factors that led Ra'am, mainly with the support of Muslim voters, Bedouin from the north and south of the state with a religious-traditional orientation, to make this controversial decision, while attempting to evaluate the extent to which it derives from an informed reading of Palestinian Arab public opinion, its socio-religious structure and the civil discourse that competes with the hegemony of national discourse in Palestinian-Arab society. Keywords: The Joint List; Israeli Arab politics, Israeli politics, Israel-religion, The United Arab List (Ra'am), Legitimacy, Traditions; Politicized Islam; Political integration

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