Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas encouraged Arab Israeli citizens to get out and vote in the Israeli national elections.
Abbas made the plea during a Palestinian cabinet meeting last week.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas came out in support of the joint Arab electoral list for the upcoming Knesset elections, saying, “We welcome the Joint List and wish them much success. This is not interference [in domestic Israeli politics]… it is our right as members of the same nation to [endorse] them.” Abbas made the remarks at the opening of the Palestinian Central Council, one of the institutions of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
The Likud Party in Israel warned supporters today that the call by Abbas was true. Arab voting percentages have tripled this year.
The Arab Party is pro-Herzog.
The Jerusalem Post reported:
Likud sent an SMS to voters that “voting percentages tripled among the Arab population! The concern is coming true: The call by [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] and American money are bringing Arabs to the polls. Go vote!” The SMS included a link to a Channel 1 news report that Abbas encouraged Arab MKs to form one party and recommend Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog as prime minister.