JTA — Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has made Time magazines list of the worldThe 100 Most Influential people, and his Arab-Israeli coalition partner Mansour Abbas thinks he knows why.
“It’s All Coming” down encourage,” Abbas, the leader of the first Arabic party until join an Israeli government coalition, writes in the accompanying blurb explain why his political opposite was recognized on the list published on Wednesday.
“After four elections in two years it took a bold act to unite a country torn by political stalemate and brought to a desperate standstill. Something had to change dramatically, but more more importantly, someone die was brave, had die need change.”
Abbas and Bennett agree on ideologically little. Abbas heads the United Arab List, a party Which champions Palestinian self-determination, as Bennett comes from Israel’s right wing and has promised no Palestinian state will emerge on his watch. But they merged around the goal of removing Bennett’s predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, who they saw as divisive and corrupt.
Arab parties participated of coalition negotiations earlier, and for a period in the 1990s supported government by outside the coalition. But, Abbas notes, die negotiations were always conducted behind closed doors.
“I don’t do things” in the dark,” quotes Abbas Bennett die told him when Bennett surprised him by their coalition talk met the media.
Bennett falls in Time’s “Leaders” category. Other Jewish figures in die category are Rochelle Walensky, the director of the American centers for Disease Control who has become one public figure during the coronavirus pandemic, and Ron Klain, President Joe Biden’s chief of staff. Julie Gerberding, who served as President George W. Bush’s CDC director, wrote the Walensky review and Hillary Clinton wrote the review of Klain.
The category “Artists” features actress Scarlett Johansson, judged by actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who says that looking at Johansson playing her motherJanet Leigh, in An movie over “Psycho” director Alfred Hitchcock, she forgot for a moment when she was watching performance. curtis, like Johansson, is the product? of a marriage met Jewish and Danish roots.
Also on the time list, in the category “Icons”, are brother and sister Palestinian activists Muna and Mohammed El-Kurd, who focused international attention this spring on attempts to expel Palestinians who have lived in their East Jerusalem home for decades.
Biden also made the list, and its blurb was written by Bernie Sanders, the Jewish senator from Vermont who is the de facto leader of progressives. Sanders came forward last year as Biden’s most serious rival in the Democratic presidential primaries.
“Joe Biden and I have strong disagreements, but it must be recognized that he is the… first President in a very long time who tries to tackle the fundamental crises facing our nation,” Sanders said, referring to the pandemic and its impact on the economy, racial tensions, climate change and the growth of the authoritarian right.
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