Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party has proposed a bill that would dissolve Arab parties in the Knesset (parliament) if passed into law.
On Tuesday, Yisrael Beiteinu member Moshe Matalon submitted the proposal under which Israelis who did not serve in the military will not be able to run for the Knesset.
If the bill is passed into law, it would mean that the Arab parties in the Knesset would be dissolved. The United Arab List, Balad and Ta’al are the three main Arab political parties in Israel’s Knesset.
Yisrael Beiteinu’s proposal comes as an opinion poll on December 29, 2011 showed that right-wing extremist Israeli parties are likely to win a significant number of seats in the Knesset in the next parliamentary elections, expected to be held between November 2012 and February 2013.
The last elections were held in 2009. The 120 members of the Knesset are elected to four-year terms.