Only 26 of the 46 heads of Arab municipalities came to the meeting with President Reuven Rivlin and the inspector General of police, Roni Alchahol, which took place on Wednesday, August 2, at the presidential Palace. The correspondent of the newspaper «Maariv» Arik Bender, citing sources in the municipalities writes that the Knesset member from the United Arab list Hanin zuabi has put pressure on the heads of local authorities that they did not go to the meeting.
Rivlin and Allah expressed regret with the fact that many heads of Arab municipalities was not in the presidential Palace. «It is unfortunate that many heads of councils that were invited didn’t come because provided pressure on them,» said Rivlin.
«The cohabitation of Jews and Arabs here is not a question, it is a fact. Whether we like it or not, we live in peace or at war, we’ll be here together, added the President. You came here today is a recognition that we have no other way but to act together.» The President also said he was disappointed that only a few Arab leaders have condemned the attack on the Temple mount.