Nazareth (Palestine) - QPI
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to reduce the electoral threshold from 3.25 to 2 per cent in preparation for the upcoming elections, Israeli media sources revealed yesterday.
According to Quds Press, Israeli TV Channel 2 said that reducing the electoral threshold to 2 per cent would give right wing parties a better chance of being represented in the Israeli Knesset.
Right wing Israelis failed to pass the threshold of 3.25 in the 2015 elections.
Netanyahu plans to dismantle a number of the coalitions between certain parties, including
Arab parties, who went into the previous elections with a list that won enough votes to make it the third largest bloc in the Knesset.
Recent Israeli polls have revealed that a number of Israeli right wing parties will not be able to pass the current threshold in the coming elections.
Ja’far Farah, director of the Haifa based NGO Mossawa Centre, said that Netanyahu’s plan to reduce the electoral threshold reflects the incitement and racist sentiments typical of the ruling right wing parties in Israel.
Speaking to Quds Press, Farah said that the electoral threshold was raised in 2015 in order to undermine the representation of certain parties, including the Arab parties in the Knesset, but this
brought the opposite result when the Arab parties united in defiance.