Recently, a law was passed saying that settlers who will be evacuated following a future retreat from the Gaza Strip will be given compensation. The balance was tipped to the side of the government from outside the coalition by MK
Mohammad Barake. Barake, a MK
from “Hadash” party (the former communist party) is, as his name might indicate, an Israeli Arab. Limor Livnat, the Israeli minister of education, who had also voted in favor of the law, was one of the most noticeable politicians in a group of right wing Knesset members and others who had each expressed outrage that an Arab (who had, like any other Member of the Knesset, been elected democratically) was the one to determine the future of Israel in such an important question.