Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu's coalition chair angers Arabs with voting remarks

The coalition chairman of Benjamin Netanyahu's government angered Israel's Arab minority on Saturday by saying he would rather they didn't vote, in comments reminiscent of those made by the prime minister last year.

David Bitan said the Arab Joint List in parliament doesn't "represent the Arabs, they represent Gaza, Qatar and other countries."

He said he would "prefer" if Arabs didn't go to the polls to vote in elections.

His remarks angered many centrist Israelis as well as members of the country's Arab minority.

The Arab Joint List called for Bitan's dismissal.

Ayman Odeh, who heads that bloc of Arab parties, tweeted that Bitan's...