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Shas Working to Win the Arab Vote

Shas leader Eli Yishai has announced that in the upcoming election, the party will be finally opening a campaign to attract the Arab sector, further stating that 65-year-old Yarcha resident Najib Me’udi will be on the Shas lineup.

Me’udi announced he has been working with Shas for 20 years, exclaiming in the last election, he brought Shas 10,000 votes, vowing to work to double that number in the upcoming election.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)

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  1. On many issues (aid to the poor, abortion, gay rights, etc.) most Arabs are inclined to the same positions held by frum Jews. The challenge for Shas (and the Hareidi community) is to leverage the cultural similarities into establishing a basis for a peaceful settlement, and being able to present an alternative to the “two state solution” in which one state is Islamic Arab, and the Secular with a mild non-halachic Jewish flavor.

  2. After the Mumbai massacre, the assumption could be made that Jews & Arabs can not be partners in any situation. If Shas accepts an Arab in one of the first 12 available seats, they will chase away their traditional non charedi voters to the Likud party.

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