Ahmad Tibi
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MK Ahmad Tibi said Sunday morning that the Joint Arab List would not join the current coalition, but would also oppose a no-confidence motion submitted by the Likud party.

"We will oppose a no-confidence motion that the Likud will submit, if it does, but it seems to me that in the meantime it does not have a majority," Tibi said in a interview with Kan Reshet Bet.

Tibi added: "This government, in everything related to the Arab and Palestinian issues and the Negev, is worse than the bad government that preceded it. I will not join such a coalition." He went on to say: "The coalition is on the verge of falling due to disintegration. Idit Silman's resignation has created a good situation for the joint list because it is miraculously improving its status."

The coalition this morning addressed MK Mazen Ghanaim's threats to resign from the coalition in the wake of the riots on the Temple Mount. Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai said on the "This Morning" program that the security of Israel and the security of worshipers on the Temple Mount are more important than political instability that could be caused by the withdrawal of another MK from the coalition.

According to Minister Shai, "We will maintain the coalition, but we will not be exposed to pressure and a kind of blackmail. We all without exception, Jews and Arabs, should be interested in quiet on the Temple Mount."

Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman MK Ram Ben-Barak said that "Mansour Abbas is showing extraordinary leadership here. I hope he can reassure his party members that they will understand that this government is making efforts to bridge the rift between Arabs and Jews in the State of Israel."