Palestinians worry Israeli election end result might imply extra violence By Reuters

© Reuters. Likud occasion chief Benjamin Netanyahu addresses his supporters at his occasion headquarters throughout Israel’s common election in Jerusalem, November 2, 2022. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ali Sawafta

GAZA/WEST BANK (Reuters) -The prospect of Benjamin Netanyahu returning to energy on the head of one of the right-wing coalitions in Israeli historical past has prompted concern amongst Palestinians who mentioned they feared it was a prelude to additional escalation of battle with Israel.

Netanyahu’s comeback in Tuesday’s election is about in opposition to the backdrop of the deadliest spell of violence in years between Israel and the Palestinians, whose hopes of statehood seem as distant as ever with Center East peacemaking within the doldrums.

Greater than 100 Palestinians from the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution have been killed by Israeli forces this 12 months whereas a string of deadly road assaults by Palestinians has killed 20 folks in Israel and Israeli settlements.

Palestinian officers within the West Financial institution and Gaza Strip mentioned the ultra-nationalist complexion of Netanyahu’s doubtless alliance, together with the firebrand Itamar Ben-Gvir, who as soon as advocated expelling Palestinians, prompted concern over additional pressure.

“Little question the results of such a coalition will enhance the hostile angle in direction of the Palestinian folks and make occupation measures extra excessive,” Bassam Salhe, a member of the Government Committee of the Palestine Liberation Group, informed Reuters within the West Financial institution metropolis of Ramallah.

The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which has fought a number of wars with Israel during the last decade, predicted the outcomes meant extra potential violence.

“It’s clear that the Israelis are leaning in direction of extra extremism, which additionally means aggression in opposition to our folks would enhance,” Hamas spokesperson Hazem Qassem informed Reuters.

“Netanyahu-led governments that launched a number of wars in opposition to our Palestinian folks, and the presence of essentially the most excessive figures in a coalition signifies that we’re going to face extra of the Zionist terrorism,” he mentioned.


Netanyahu has lengthy opposed the institution of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has constructed his profession round making an attempt to barter peace with Israel, didn’t point out the election in a speech to an Arab summit on Wednesday.

However he aired his beforehand said view that Israel was “systematically destroying the two-state answer”, a reference to settlement growth on territory the Palestinians search for his or her state.

Negotiations stalled in 2014.

Whereas negotiations have been at a standstill, Abbas has met Defence Minister Benny Gantz to calm tensions and coordinate safety measures, and welcomed Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s name in September for a two-state answer.

Reham Owda, a political analyst in Gaza, mentioned the peace course of and the Palestinian Authority, particularly, stands out as the prime loser of a Netanyahu comeback, given his “private enmity with … Abbas and his opposition to the two-state answer”.

“With Netanyahu, the slogan will probably be, no peace, no two-state answer, extra settlement and the main target will probably be on Iran,” she informed Reuters.

Within the newest West Financial institution violence, Israeli troops shot useless a Palestinian man on Wednesday after a suspected car-ramming assault at a checkpoint that left a soldier severely injured, Palestinian and Israeli officers mentioned.

Many Palestinians, together with refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, mentioned they noticed no distinction between Netanyahu and different Israeli politicians in relation to their insurance policies in direction of the Palestinians.

“Definitely the state of affairs goes to maneuver from unhealthy to worse. He’ll proceed from the place his predecessor left,” mentioned Khaled Shriteh, 29, a Ramallah taxi driver. “For us, the precise and left events are the identical, each are our enemies,” mentioned Jamal Mansour, a Palestinian refugee in Bourj al-Barajneh camp in Beirut.

Violence additionally flared in Gaza in August. A minimum of 49 folks together with 17 kids have been killed in 56 hours of combating that began with what Israel described as preemptive air strikes in opposition to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group, which fired a whole lot of missiles into Israel through the flare-up.

“The Palestinian folks will get nothing from this authorities besides battle, destruction, killing, bloodshed, home demolition, razing of land and the constructing of extra settlements on the expense of the Palestinian folks,” mentioned Youssef Khattab, a TV director in Gaza.

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