Agriculture and Development
|Hebrew name||חקלאות ופיתוח|
|Leader||Faras Hamdan (1951–59)|
Mahmud Al-Nashaf (1959–61)
|Ideology||Israeli Arab interest|
|Most MKs||1 (1951–1961)|
|Fewest MKs||1 (1951–1961)|
Agriculture and Development was an Israeli Arab organisation formed to fight the 1951 elections. Like other Israeli Arab parties at the time, it was associated with David Ben-Gurion's Mapai party, as Ben-Gurion was keen to include Israeli Arabs in the functioning of the state in order to prove Jews and Arabs could co-exist peacefully and productively. It drew its support from Arabs living in the central area of Israel.
In the elections, the party won only one seat, taken by its leader, Faras Hamdan. Because of its association with Mapai, the party joined the governing coalition in all four governments of the second Knesset.
In the 1955 elections the party won one seat, retained by Hamdan, and was again part of the coalition.
List of Knesset membersEdit
|Name||Years in office||Government roles||Other roles|
|Mahmud Al-Nashaf||1959–1961||Party leader 1959–1961|
|Faras Hamdan||1951–1959||Party leader 1951–1959|
- Party history Knesset website