The leader of the Joint List of predominantly Arab parties explains why it will use its power to help make Benny Gantz prime minister of Israel.

By Ayman Odeh – NY Times Op-Ed – September 22, 2019

Mr. Odeh leads the Joint List, the third-largest bloc in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, and is chairman of the Hadash Party.

Odeh’s op-ed is an important read for anyone who envisions a shared Israeli society. It is the most moderate statement made by an Israeli Arab leader published to date. Odeh quotes from Psalms 118:22 and that ought to inspire hope for the future.

“Every time I take my youngest daughter, Sham, to her school, I see a passage written on the wall from the Book of Psalms: ‘The stone that the builders rejected became a cornerstone.’”