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Balad Party, the Israeli Arab party, has opened up about not supporting Benny Gantz in his political pursuit aimed at taking over the Prime Minister position form Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu is widely disliked by the Arab community which is a minority in Israel. Many therefore expected Balad to support his rival, but contrary to expectations, the Israeli Arab party did not support Gantz. The Arab party revealed the reasons behind their decision not to support Ganz on Thursday.

The Israeli Arab party revealed that they did not support Gantz because his policies are similar to those of Netanyahu. The party, therefore, believes that supporting him will be no different from supporting his opponent. The party also explained its decision not to support Gantz in response to accusations of refusing to support Gantz in an attempt to boost Netanyahu’s chances of winning the election, thus retaining his position as Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, Gantz has also faced backlash for turning his back on Israel’s Arab community by ignoring the needs of the third largest Knesset party called the Joint List which the Balad party is part of. Most of the members of the Arab community in Israel vote through the Joint List party. Gantz reportedly refused to hold a meeting with them and also failed to listen to their requests.

The Joint List is determined to make sure that they oust Netanyahu from the Prime Minister position because they believe that he is a dangerous inciter and a racist. The party was willing to support Balad if he had their best interest at heart but they now have their differences that saw the party refuse to support him.

Balad party’s decision is a huge blow to Gantz’s attempts at overthrowing Netanyahu. Had they been in support, then things would have turned out different. The elections held a week ago yielded uncertain results, President Reuven Rivlin was tasked with selecting which of the two leaders should take point in forming a coalition government. President Rivlin selected Netanyahu on Wednesday. Netanyahu was then given 28 days to secure parliamentary majority support, which he will achieve if he garners a minimum of 61 seats.