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How the Jewish Left and Palestinian Arabs Can Remake Israeli Politics

A political alliance between Israel’s left wing and Arab parties could topple Benjamin Netanyahu.

After almost four years of a right-wing government that has weakened Israel’s democracy, raised ethnic tensions, and solidified its hold on the West Bank and its control of Gaza, Israelis have a chance to create a different future. In late December, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for elections on April 9 after his current coalition wasn’t able to agree on a bill to mandate the drafting of ultra-Orthodox men to the military. (They are currently exempt.) But that doesn’t mean change is on the horizon. At least three parties (Labor, Yesh Atid, and the newly formed Israel Resilience) are challenging Netanyahu’s Likud, but it is unclear whether any of them will be able to create the parliamentary majority needed to oust Bibi’s government. More importantly, it is unclear if a new government would present an ideological alternative, one that would seek to end the occupation and strengthen democracy in Israel.

In no small part, that weakness is

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