Saturday, January 13, 2007

First Muslim Arab nominated to Israeli Cabinet

Raleb Majadele has been nominated to the Cabinet as Minister of Science and Technology by the leader of the Labour party Amir Peretz. Labour is in coalition with Kadima whose leader Ehud Olmert serves as Prime Minister.

This follows the appointment of a Druze (though without portfolio) in 2001. Despite the opposition from hardliners I hope this appointment sticks and is a tangible step towards better co-existence with Arab Israeli citizens - certainly better willingness for co-existence than Binjamin Netanyahu displayed recently.
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