Ra’am is the Islamist party in Israel. The charter that guides Ra’am, the Islamist party representing the Arab citizens of Israel, demands the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees, saying “there can be no allegiance” to Israel, and deems Zionism a “racist, occupying project.”
Ra’am is the political wing of the Southern Islamic Movement, an organization inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood. It was updated in 2018 and reviewed at a 2019 conference in Nazareth, which was reportedly chaired by Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas. The Southern Islamic Movement’s charter takes positions considered offensive to most Jewish Israelis.
The Charter states furthermore:
“The State of Israel was born of the racist, occupying Zionist project; iniquitous Western and British imperialism; and the debasement and feebleness of the Arab and Islamic [nations].”
It calls for the so-called right of return for Palestinian refugees who left or were expelled in 1948 (in very small numbers.)
Such a move is widely seen as a red line by most Zionist Israelis, who view an influx of potentially millions of Palestinians to Israel as spelling the demographic end of the Jewish state. (Palestinian refugees are the only refugees in the world, who were not absorbed by the other countries through the years, and who consider their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren also refugees.)
Ra’am embraces a two-state solution as a possible framework, declaring that a Palestinian state ought to be established “alongside Israel” in the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem. But it notes that a right of return for Palestinians must be included in that agreement.
The charter also states: “We all (Arabs) are [united as] one hand until the occupation ends and a Palestinian state is established in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and in noble Jerusalem; when the expelled and displaced return to their homes and their homeland.”
As Kingmaker in forming the new coalition, the Arabs used the principle in Islam called “Tkiya” that allows the minority to outwardly pretend to be part of the majority when in a hostile environment but inwardly remain in opposition all the while awaiting the opportunity time to take advantage of the majority for their purpose.
Hence, Mansour Abbas has used this “Tkiya” principle to join the Israeli Jewish coalition Government by taking advantage of Lapid and Bennett’s great desire to replace Netanyahu as Prime Minister at any price. The New would-be Israeli “government-of- change” government’s commitment to this Islamist party could be Zionist’s bankruptcy:
Ra’am has unveiled its coalition agreement with Yesh Atid, making it the first time in decades that an Arab party has joined the Israeli government coalition.
Show Me The Money
As part of the agreement, this Muslim Arab party in Israel demanded and received 30 billion shekels (about 9.25 billion dollars,) for a plan aiming to integrate the Arab sector and another 2.5 billion shekels (about 770 million dollars) for a plan to reduce crime in the Arab sector. In addition, 20 billion shekels (about 6 billion dollars) for a ten-year plan to improve infrastructure in the Arab sector, and 500 million shekels (about 150 million dollars) spending money for “supporting the local authorities.” The total amount is a little over 16 billion dollars. These are staggering amounts to grant a small party of 4 seats. Also, within a month and a half, three unrecognized (illegal) Bedouin “villages” will be recognized and become legal, and the rest (unknown number) within the next 9 months.