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In Israel, Arab Villages Take Leading Role in Drama Over Netanyahu’s Fate

KHASHEM ZANNEH, Israel—In his campaign to thwart a rival coalition that seeks to end his 12-year rule as soon as Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is turning to a stretch of ramshackle huts in the desert of southern Israel. Hundreds of families live in homes made of tin or cinder block along a highway that…

KHASHEM ZANNEH, Israel–In his effort to thwart a rival coalition that seeks to finish his 12-year rule as soon as Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is turning to a stretch of ramshackle huts in the desert of southern Israel.

Hundreds of families live in houses made from tin or cinder block along a highway which runs through Israel from the Gaza Strip into Jordan. Khashem Zanneh lacks a power grid paved streets and has no supermarket or even a school for the children.

The village and 34 additional Bedouin communities lack such fundamental infrastructure because neither Israel’s courts nor its authorities has ever recognized that the communities, leaving their residents in legal limbo.

The Bedouins are deman

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