Arab minority hold key to outcome of Israeli election

Their votes could decide next PM, but many are calling for boycott

Israel's parliamentary elections on Tuesday are set to be the tightest this country has seen in a decade, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main rival, former general Benny Gantz, tied in polls.

Every vote counts. Israel's Arab citizens, who make up 16 per cent of the 5.8 million eligible voters, could determine who will be the next prime minister. If all of them vote, they could decide up to 20 of the 120 seats in the Knesset and overthrow the government. But will they seize this opportunity?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 07, 2019, with the headline 'Arab minority hold key to outcome of Israeli election'. Print Edition | Subscribe