New York Times Declares 'Setback' for Netanyahu as He Wins Israeli Election

New York Times Declares 'Setback' for Netanyahu as He Wins Israeli Election

Netanyahu's Likud party tied with Gantz's centrist Blue and White Alliance, gaining 35 seats each, but right-wing parties led the way with 66-55 seats - and almost all of them said they would recommend Netanyahu to President Reuven Rivlin to form the next coalition government. But with at least 97 percent of the votes counted, Netanyahu appears to be in the best position to form a government because of the strength of other right-wing, nationalist and religious parties.

Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator and secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, called the results a "clear-cut vote" to maintain a situation where there are no peace talks and the Israeli government is making unilateral moves to change the situation on the ground with the help of the U.S. administration of President Donald Trump. Arab leaders accused Netanyahu of demonizing the country's Arab community, which is about 20 percent of the population.

In the final stretch of the campaign, Netanyahu pledged he would annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, a move that would destroy remaining hopes for Palestinian statehood.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears poised to be the president's choice, with close-to-complete unofficial election results giving his right-wing Likud and other nationalist and religious parties a solid majority in parliament. "I'd like to congratulate him on a well-thought-out race", Mr Trump said. Arab politicians called it an attempt at intimidation, while Mr Netanyahu said cameras would prevent fraud.

Additionally, Netanyahu courted more overtly racist elements of the Israeli far right as he eyed reelection. "They have chosen an overwhelmingly right-wing, xenophobic and anti-Palestinian parliament to represent them", she said.

In Taybeh, an Arab town, Hadash party official Hosam Azem, 52, said: "Arabs who don't vote, majority don't do it for ideological reasons - just because they don't think their vote will have an impact", he said. On April 9, 2019, Mahmoud Abbas played the supposedly "neutral" game when he said during a tour of a Ramallah hospital, "We are watching what's happening with our neighbor, and we hope they will take the right path toward peace".

Demolishing or failing to demolish Khan al-Ahmar could be the first signal from 4th term prime minister Netanyahu as to whether he is or isn't a true part of the right-wing bloc.

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In a press conference outside his home, Bennett said, "All my life, I've given all I could for the sake of this good people". Peacemaking with the Palestinians has stalled under Netanyahu's watch.

"Everybody said you can't have peace in the Middle East with Israel and Palestinians".

Palestinian official Saeb Erekat lamented that the Israelis voted to maintain "the status quo".

Khalil al-Hayya said Wednesday that "there is no difference" between the Israeli parties, and pledged that Gaza's militant Hamas rulers would continue seeking for Palestinians to "end the occupation and achieve our national goals". Ahmed Majdalani said Palestinians will seek the help of the global community to try to block any such plans. The Arab leaders have shown that they are strong in their condemnations, but do nothing when it comes to taking action.

But the corruption scandals created some voter fatigue.

Netanyahu could endow this limited sovereignty move a much more significant force by following the Supreme Court ruling and demolishing Khan al-Ahmar, the illegal shantytown near Kfar Adumim.

Netanyahu has been premier for a total of more than 13 years. "In another year, we might be in a battle for either leadership of the Likud or another election".

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