Aatef Karinaoui says that the current Arab elected officials in the Knesset do not truly represent the Arab-Israeli public and spend most of their time bashing Israel instead. Karinaoui, a Arab Muslim Bedouin from the southern city of Rahat hopes that his new party will make a difference. The party, tenatively called El Amal Lat’gir, translated from Arabic as Hope for Change, will run in the upcoming January 22nd national elections.
Karinaoui’s views were exposed in an interview with Israeli based journalist Philippe Assouline. Assouline spoke to Israel National Radio about his eye-opening conversation with the Muslim politician. For the full interview click here.
“I had been trying to write about Arab supporters of Israel within the State and I was led to this man,” Assouline said. “He wants to run as an Arab who is pro-Israel in terms of both foreign policy and domestic policy.”
Karinaoui held a launch event for the new project in the northern region of Israel this week. For the past 20 years he has been a member of the Likud Central Committee and has worked in an advisory capacity for Binyamin Netanyahu and Ariel Sharon.
Assouline said that while Karinaoui didn’t mention any names specifically, he was outraged by current Arab Members of Knesset who bash Israel publicly.