Yardena Schwartz is an award-winning American journalist and Emmy-nominated producer based in Tel Aviv. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, and elsewhere. (September 2019)

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Why Bibi Fears Arab Voters

The Israeli-Arab politician Ayman Odeh (front, third from right) at a campaign rally for the Joint List alliance of Arab parties ahead of Israel’s September election, Kafr Yasif, Israel, August 23, 2019

The giant yellow billboard near the Arab town of Nahef in northern Israel declares in Arabic, “This time, we are the decision-makers.” It is a reminder to the nearly 2 million Arab citizens of Israel that in this election, which will be held on September 17, they could decide Israel’s future as a democratic state. Their votes, should they choose to wield them, have the power to end the reign of Benjamin Netanyahu, now Israel’s longest-serving prime minister.