Ghaida Rinawi’s withdrawal from the coalition threatens the collapse of the Israeli government

At the height of the Israeli division over the decision of the Minister of Internal Security to maintain the path of the so-called “flag march” of the far-right and settlers in front of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Arab Meretz MK Gida Rinawi-Zoabi detonated a bombshell in the path of the Bennett-Lapid government. With her withdrawal from the coalition, the danger is greater than ever for the firmness and continuity of government.

Before going over the details and reasons for the withdrawal, the Likud party led by Benjamin Netanyahu came out, celebrating the launch of a sustained incitement campaign to overthrow the government, and the presentation of a project bill to dissolve the Knesset, which will be voted on shortly. Wednesday, in the hope that it would ensure the withdrawal of Ghaida Rinawi, who has kept the government in a “fragile coalition”. “The success of his proposal, thus dissolving the government.

Strengthen the right and reach the Arabs

No one disputes that the decision to withdraw Ghaida Rinawi was a surprise, rather a thunderbolt for the government, which did not expect an Arab representative to pose a threat to its coalition, after having managed the year last to convince that he was actively seeking to provide everything that Arab society needs (Palestinians of 48) To ensure equality, as well as with regard to the phenomenon of violence that threatens it today and the proliferation of weapons within it without any dissuasive measures on the part of the government.

Ghaida Rinawi came from home to reveal the truth, which is the most important aspect that made her step down. She decided that the “Bennett-Lapid” government adheres to, even strengthens the right within it, without taking into account the positions expressed by the members of her party against the decisions and measures, in particular with regard to Jerusalem and the faithful. of Al -Aqsa Mosque.

Violence at Abu Aqila’s funeral and al-Aqsa

In a letter sent by Representative Ghida Rinawi to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Acting Prime Minister Yair Lapid, she explained that her entry into politics and then into the government coalition was based on her responsibility towards her Arab society, that it represents.

“About a year ago, I joined the coalition, and worked hard for its success, with the full conviction that the Jewish-Arab partnership in such a coalition can be a real alternative government, and that it can lead to a new stage of equality and respect for the Arab community”, she said. In recent months, due to narrow political considerations, the leaders of the coalition have preferred to maintain and strengthen their right side. Indeed, the heads of government have repeatedly taken tough, right-wing positions on fundamental issues of importance to the entire Arab community: Al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock, Sheikh Jarrah, colonization and occupation , home demolition and land confiscation in the Negev, and of course the citizenship law.

Rinawi spoke of what she called the government coalition’s “total underestimation” of the real needs of Arab towns, particularly in the areas of local government development and housing, employment and education issues.

Ghaida Rinawi touched on the most sensitive aspects of the Israeli debate more than a month ago, precisely before the month of Ramadan, and the provocative campaigns of the Al-Aqsa settlers. Until Rinawi’s resignation, the government coalition remained silent on this subject.

If the government and the police are talking about what we saw in Al-Aqsa is Palestinian violence based on Islamic ideology, as some see it, then Ghaida Rinawi, in her letter to Bennett and Lapid, determined that the scenes of violence in Al-L’Aqsa practiced by the police and the army is one of the main reasons for his resignation.

Rinawi wrote in his letter: “Throughout the past month, the month of Ramadan, the situation has been unbearable, and the scenes that have come from the Al-Aqsa Mosque of police facing unjustified violence against crowds of worshipers , then the funeral of the body of Palestinian journalist Sherine Abu Akleh, was unbearable until she reached the mosque. An inevitable consequence. I can no longer support an alliance that shrinks it in this shameful way to the Arab community, from which I come.

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Real partnership conditions

Rinawi focused on the aspect of the partnership between Arabs and Jews, on the grounds that the left-wing Meretz party, which she represents in the Knesset, considers the Arab-Jewish partnership as one of the most important elements of the coexistence between the two peoples.

In her letter, Rinawi affirmed that she “was and still believes in Jewish-Arab partnership in all areas of life, academic, economic, as well as in politics.” However, she stressed that she was and still believes that “a true partnership between Arabs and Jews must come from a place of equality, without arrogance or arrogance, and above all without ‘favorites’, as she wrote. to Bennett and Lapid.

Rinawi indicated that his withdrawal is not just from the coalition, but from any future appointments to it, and thus alluded to his appointment by Lapid as Israel’s consul general in Shanghai. Political and partisan sources in Tel Aviv have suggested that the decision to step down is due to his feeling that his appointment as consul in Shanghai is facing difficulties in the nominations committee.

Bennett or Lapid?

The repercussions of Ghaida Rinawi’s resignation are not limited to keeping the government in a “fragile coalition” that cannot decide any votes in the Knesset, but rather the coalition deal between Bennett and Lapid’s bloc, which is made up of the “There is a Future”, “Blue and White” and “Yisrael Beytenu” parties. Labour, Meretz and the Consolidated List. a party in Lapid’s bloc support the dissolution of the Knesset, Bennett will remain as Prime Minister, and this is another problem within the coalition government.

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