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Palestinians Jubilant over Netanyahu Setback, But Expect No Major Change

Palestinians Jubilant over Netanyahu Setback, But Expect No Major Change

Thursday, 19 September, 2019 - 08:30
A Palestinian from southern Gaza reads Israeli election news (Reuters)

Despite the Palestinian Authority choosing not to comment on Israeli elections, PA Vice President and Fatah leader Mahmoud Aloul made joy over the “loss” of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu no secret.

“Netanyahu has been defeated,” Aloul noted.

Charging Netanyahu as the symbol of racism and hostility, Aloul said his loss comes after his campaign focused on more aggression and more annexation.

“Netanyahu’s defeat came after his election campaign focused on carrying out more violations, especially the annexation of the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea,” Aloul said.

The politician’s comments echo the silent satisfaction among Palestinian leadership over Netanyahu’s setback.

Palestinians, however, know that no major change will take place even if Netanyahu leaves. But at hope that Netanyahu’s successor will at least not annex the West Bank.

Aloul added that he was nevertheless cautious about the next ruling coalition’s chances of changing the situation regarding the Palestinians.

“Although the Zionist lists have different agendas, they all agree on the need to continue the occupation and expand settlements,” he said.

Secretary General of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat, for his part, told "Voice of Palestine" Radio that the initial results of the Israeli parliamentary elections showed that the competition was between two parties: one called for deepening the apartheid and the other called for keeping the situation as it is.

“Whoever tries to manipulate the Palestinian cause and the basic principles of peacemaking has already failed,” Erekat said.

He expressed hope that the US administration “will realize that all its policies should be reversed because it ... does not make peace, but comes to serve Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”

PA Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh tweeted that: “After the initial results of the Israeli elections had been announced, we reaffirm that the Israeli elections and its results are an internal Israeli affair.”

“The Palestinian side is looking for a real partner for peace that ends the occupation and believes in a two-state solution in accordance with the resolutions of the international legitimacy and the signed agreements,” said al-Sheikh.

Peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis had been stalled at the end of March 2014 after nine months of US-sponsored talks without making any progress to resolve the two sides' issues.

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