What voters say: the Israeli Arabs backing Netanyahu

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What voters say: the Israeli Arabs backing Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been trying to woo Arab voters, but wasn’t this destined to fall flat given his clashes with the sector in the past? Not necessarily, some say.

Hamudi Amash, a 26-year-old Jisr az-Zarqa, said he is voting for Netanyahu’s Likud.

He insisted that Arab society is misunderstood, and while some are very antagonistic to the PM, others have lots of time for him.

Hamudi Amash voted for Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo: Nathan Jeffay)

“He’s a good man and I’m used to Israel led by him,” said Amash, who was in his mid teens when Netanyahu entered office.

He said that Netanyahu is liked in his town, which is close to near Ceaserea where Netanyahu has his private home. “He’s our neighbour, we like him.”

Several Arab citizens reported, with varying degrees of enthusiasm, that they are voting for the mainly-Arab Joint List party, and some said they are backing left-wing Jewish parties.

But 27-year-old Emad Masri was thoroughly disillusioned, and said: “I don’t know if I’ll vote, it feels like a waste of time,” he said. “I’m Arab and I’m expected to vote for the Arab party [Joint List], but I feel that the politicians just want to get their seats. I don’t know if I’ll end up voting.”