Occupied Jordan և Many Palestinians in Gaza have rejected a change of government in Israel, saying a nationalist leader to replace Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to pursue the same right-wing agenda.
Naftali Bennett, former head of Israel’s main West Bank’s former ally, 49-year-old Naftali Bennett, will be the country’s new leader in a patched coalition.
Pro-center opposition leader Yair Lapid from Yesh Atid և Bennett was announced Wednesday night They made a deal to form a new government that will lead incumbent Netanyahu after 12 years as prime minister.
The spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Basim al-Salhi, said the appointment of the prime minister was no less extreme than that of Netanyahu.
“He will definitely state how extreme he is in government,” he said.
Bennett was a strong supporter of the annexation of parts of the West Bank that Israel occupied during the 1967 war.
In recent days, however, Bennett has seemed to be proposing a continuation of the status quo, with some easing of conditions for the Palestinians.
“In this context, my way of thinking is to reduce the conflict. We will not solve it. But where can we? [improve conditions] – more crossing points, more quality of life, more business, more industry. We will do it. “
“We need a serious change”
Hamas, the group that controls the besieged Gaza Strip, said it did not matter who led Israel.
“Throughout history, the Palestinians have seen dozens of Israeli governments, right, left, center, as they say. “But they have all been hostile when it comes to the rights of our Palestinian people. They have all had a hostile policy of enlargement,” said Hazem Qasim.
The leader of the Palestinian nationalist Ballad party, Sami Abu Shehadeh, told Al Azira Azira from occupied East Jerusalem that the issue was not Netanyahu’s “personality” but Israel’s policy.
“What we need is a major change in Israeli policy, not individualism. The situation was very bad before Netanyahu, as long as Israel asserts its own policy, it will continue to be bad after Netanyahu. That is why we are against this government [new coalition]»
Hanan Ashrawi, a former member of the PLO’s executive committee, said Netanyahu’s years still had “built-in systems of racism, extremism, violence and lawlessness.”
“His former colleagues will preserve his legacy,” he wrote on Twitter.
The end of Netanyahu’s era still includes systems of racism, extremism, violence ին illegality + expansion, seizure և illegality built-in systems. His former partners will preserve his legacy. It is up to the declining progressive forces to challenge and change this legacy https://t.co/v2NhpSWQzX:
– Hanan Ashrawi (@DrHananAshrawi) June 2, 2021
Similar sentiments were heard elsewhere.
“There is no difference between one Israeli leader and another,” Ahmed Rezik, a 29-year-old Gaza government official, told Reuters.
“They are good or bad for their nation. “And when it comes to us, they are all bad. They all refuse to give the Palestinians their rights and their lands.”
The coalition agreement ended the March 23 election, when neither Netanyahu’s Likud party nor its allies nor their opponents won a majority in the legislature. It was Israel’s fourth national vote in two years.
The governing body consists of a patchwork of small to medium-sized parties from across the political spectrum
The deal includes the United Arab Emirates, which will make it the first party of Israeli Palestinians to ever form part of a coalition in Israel.
The leader of the United Arab Emirates, Mansour Abbas, has set aside his differences with Bennett, saying he hopes to improve conditions for Palestinians who complain of discrimination and government neglect.
“We decided to join the government to change the balance of political forces in the country,” the 47-year-old said in a message to supporters after signing the coalition agreement.
Abbas’s party has said the deal includes more than $ 53 billion ($ 16 billion) to improve infrastructure and fight violent crime.
It also includes provisions freezing the demolition of unlicensed houses in Palestinian villages, the granting of official status to Bedouin towns in the Negev desert, and the support base.
But he was criticized for being on the side of the enemy in the West Bank, Gaza.
“What will he do when asked to vote on a new war against Gaza?” said 21-year-old Badri Karam in Gaza.
“Will he accept it as part of the killing of Palestinians?”