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Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel grabbed the headlines in the last election. They have thus far ended Netanyahu's decade-long stranglehold on government, but this community has a lot more to offer. Our director Jafar Farah appeared in The Jerusalem Post last week outlining the salience of the Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel in renewing the peace process, but also the reciprocal steps required from Jewish Israelis.

With the possibility of another election, an increase in voter turnout to the Oslo years could almost guarantee the left-leaning bloc a majority. But Palestinian citizens of Israel are not just arithmetic in an Israel-Jewish game. They are active players with a unique position between Israelis and Palestinians. Their proximity to and understanding of both parties can inject the moribund process with new insight and energy.

On the Jewish side, building a broader peace camp requires Jews to move beyond tribal voting habits. This has been the case since 1977, but a strengthening of this trend on the Russian side was met with nascent fissures among Mizrahi voters. A peace bloc is possible, but Jewish Israelis need to realize that shared values are a better way to organize our politics than tribalism.

The Palestinian Arab community in Israel is integral to any new peace camp. They have the capacity and potential to be the game-changer.

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This article was originally published in The Jerusalem Post.
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