|Ayman Odeh (right) with Ta'al leader Ahmad Tibi.|
The eight parties of what might be termed the “anti-Netanyahu bloc” – comprising the outgoing coalition parties, together with Hadash-Ta’al and Arab Balad party — attained near-parity, with 2,330,464 votes.
Hadash MP Aida Touma-Sliman says that the new political reality in the wake of the election should be “frightening for everyone,” and that a period of soul-searching is necessary. “We are facing a political reality that should be frightening for everyone,” says the lawmaker. “It is a reality in which we have a right wing, and not just the usual ‘classic’ right that we know, but a right wing willing to use violence, wild incitement and deep racism. This reality should be a warning point for everyone,” she tells the Ynet news site.
A front page article published in Zo Haderech, the official gazette of the Communist Party of Israel, is titled: "The Left is back in the streets", pointing out that "the fight against the racist right-wing government will be Jewish-Arab or not at all".