Regjeringspartiet Kadima går inn for forslaget om å nekte det arabisk-israelske partiet Baled rett til å stille til parlamentsvalg, fordi det benekter staten Israels rett til å eksistere.
Kadima party decided Sunday to support a proposal to disqualify Israeli-Arab Balad party from the election race on February 10.
In doing so Kadima joins Yisrael Beiteinu and other political parties who declared that because Balad rejects the idea of an Israeli state, it can thereforenot take part in the 18th Knesset.
«The goals of Hamas and Balad are the same: to destroy Israel,» said Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman MK Avigdor Lieberman. «The difference between them is that the Hamas is outside of Israel, in Gaza, whereas Balad is not only within Israel, but sits in its parliament.»
Kadima’s decision increases the chances that the disqualification will be approved before it reaches a High Court of Justice ruling.
«The power of a democracy is not just allowing representation of the minorities that live within it, but also the obligation to defend itself from those who wish to exploit the freedoms that it enables in order to destroy it,» the ruling faction said in a statement.