Return of Netanyahu : US peace efforts in Mideast would be in jeopardy!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
One should know no real democrat would be allowed by the Israeli president, who advances the Zionist ideals, to rule essentially racist and anti-democratic, fanatic Israel.
Hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party won more seats than others in the 120 seated parliament, known as the Knesset, and he has done it by wooing the illegal Jewish settlers to win an impossible election by successfully generating fear and euphoria among Israeli Jews against Palestinians, Iran etc. Likud party has managed to win 30 seats.
If the Israeli president finds Netanyahu suited for pursuing anti-Palestine policies, that would give him an unprecedented fourth term in office he will rule Israel and use its powerful military for more years, against the conventional wisdom of Netanyahu “fatigue”,
A panicky Netanyahu and his US Jewish lobbies have gone all out to get as many votes as possible as the opinion polls predicted h is rout. Even Israeli president also seems to have done his “duty” to support the timely no-Palestine rhetoric of Netanyahu when USA is nearing to get a deal between Palestine and Israel.
Clearly, it is a negative voting which Israelis have exercised taking all falsehood presented by Netanyahu as “existential” problems the Jews face. In fact this strategy can work in most countries, especially the so-called democracies where Islamophobia is at its high level.
Every nation is free to propagate their fancies and fantasies as reality to win polls by targeting domestic minorities or neighboring nations as “existential” threat. . .
Netanyahu’s Likud party did not get a majority on its own but got 30 seats to Isaac Herzog’s Labor-plus list tally of 24. Likud managed more seats than it has got in the parliament now. : The other big winner was the Israeli Arab sector which saw its joint list of four parties running as one win 14 seats, making it the third largest party in the new government.
The next phase comes when Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin gives Netanyahu the mandate to weave together a coalition of 61 seats or more and the horse-trading, where cabinet seats and pet projects become political currency, begins. The president would help do the necessary work to put in place an anti-Palestine government.
The deadly anti-Palestine and extremely anti-Iran ruling Likud party of Israel is trailing the opposition parties in the final opinion polls for the general poll leaving no scope for the hawkish PM Netanyahu. But in a last minute gimmick to woo the illegal settlers in Israel as well as in Palestine West bank territories, a restless Netanyahu has assured the settler Jews, among others who do not want peace in Mideast, that he would stop Palestine from emerging in Mideast if his right Likud party wins the general poll and if he is reelected as Israeli PM for a third tram.
The idea behind this assertion is to coerce the Jewish settler communities who form big chunks of Israeli voters to vote for the Likud party so that Israeli military can keep attacking Gaza strip, killing innocent people, including children and women.
Polling stations are to open at 0500 GMT on 18 March for Israel’s second snap general election in as many years in a ballot experts agree is likely to be a referendum on the Netanyahu years, including frequent military attacks on Gaza Strip and his address to US Congress to criticize Obama’s foreign policy. .
With his rightwing Likud trailing the centre-left Zionist Union in the final polls, Netanyahu leaves no stone unturned and said that if his rivals were elected security would be compromised and they would give up total Israeli control over Jerusalem. “We will continue to build to fortify Jerusalem so its division will not be possible and it will remain united forever,” he said on a tour of Har Homa, a settlement neighborhood of annexed east Jerusalem.
Netanyahu, who is seeking a third consecutive term in office, vowed he would never allow the Palestinians to establish a capital in the city’s eastern sector and pledged to build “thousands” of settler homes.
Throughout his campaign, Netanyahu has repeatedly accused Zionist Union leaders Isaac Herzog and former peace negotiator Tzipi Livni of being ready to abandon Israel’s claim to Jerusalem as its indivisible capital. But Netanyahu’s most bombastic statement came when he was asked by the rightwing NRG website if it was true that there would be no Palestinian state established if he was reelected. “Indeed,” said Netanyahu, who in 2009 had endorsed the idea of two states living side by side.
Netanyahu is also a usual Israeli buff master. He later told public radio that the two-state solution was now irrelevant, saying the “reality has changed” and “any territory which would be handed over would be taken over by radical Islamists”.
Just before the polls opened across Israel, party leaders made final course corrections that manifest in last minute promises to the electorate aimed at tipping the balance in what all believe will be a neck-and-neck race between incumbent Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party and opposition leader Isaac Herzog’s Labor list. Netanyahu’s target was voters planning to vote for Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party. Because Israelis vote for parties rather than persons, Netanyahu needs to exceed the tally of parliament seats garnered by his opponents in order to be given the mandate to form a government and therefore needs to stem the perceived vote drain apparently attributed to Bennett’s growing popularity among hardline right-wingers. It was presumably to that voter base that Netanyahu directed his eleventh-hour vow to prevent the creation of a Palestinian state and forestall any concessions in the peace process. For Herzog, it was the matter of freeing himself from the questionable move of teaming up with the unpopular Tzipi Livni and agreeing to a rotation with her as tag-team prime ministers. Herzog rescued Livni from impending political obscurity when he entered a joint-list agreement with her failing Hatnua Party. From the start, internal polling was clear that Livni was anything but an asset as evidenced by Herzog’s shift to solo rather than joint campaign appearances as his own popularity grew. With the race too close to call, the party prevailed upon Livni to drop the rotation agreement which is believed to have been the reason many were opting away from voting for the Herzog list. Officials believe the turnout will be the greatest since 1999. Although tagged as the “startup nation” and famous for its hi-tech prowess, Israel still votes with paper ballots that are hand-counted.
Israelis began voting on Tuesday in a general election following a high-pitched campaign that has turned into a referendum on the six-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeking a record fourth term. Netanyahu came to power for the first time in 1996 and held the premiership until his crushing defeat in the 1999 election. He achieved a political comeback in 2009 and has been the premier ever since. The hawkish prime minister, who led a fragile five party coalition government in this third term after winning polls in January 2013, called for early elections last year after his alliance splintered.
About 5.88 million voters are eligible to vote and are casting their ballot across the over 10,000 voting stations. Ballots are for political parties rather than individual candidates.
Netanyahu had about three years left in office when he called for elections with a hope to secure a record fourth term and improve the tally of his right-wing Likud party. However, the recent opinion polls have shown his party trailing the centrist Zionist Union by about four seats. His main rival, 54-year-old Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog was ahead in the opinion polls on a campaign that promised to repair ties with the Palestinians and the international community and also deal with middle class issues such as price rise.
This time four Arab parties are fighting under one banner for the first time and they could become a factor in the post poll coalition-building.
Israel has a proportional representation system, meaning a coalition government is likely to be formed within its 120-seat Knesset, or parliament. Election is being held for all the 120 seats. In the current Parliament Netanyahu’s Likud Party has just 18 seats.
65-year-old Netanyahu, nicknamed Bibi, said there would be no Palestinian state if he were re-elected, in a last-ditch effort to woo rightwing voters.
The election results will assume significance given the high inflation, instability in the strategic region and Israel’s public image following Netanyahu’s challenge to US President Barack Obama over Iranian nuclear issue. The Israeli Premier has been constantly at loggerheads with President Obama and his recent efforts to undermine the US leader by addressing the Congress without coordinating with the White House has widened the rift.
Many see a shift by Netanyahu to the farther right in order to capture his fourth crown, and in particular a dramatic declaration by the prime minister that he will not permit the creation of a Palestinian state nor offer concessions to the Palestinians at the negotiating table. Netanyahu’s unambiguous rejection of the two-state solution will place him even more at odds with US President Barack Obama and other Western leaders than during his previous term which was marked by the stormy Netanyahu-Obama relationship.
Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Sa’ib Erakat said the Palestinian response to the Netanyahu victory will be “to go to the International Criminal Court in The Hague and we will speed up, pursue and intensify all diplomatic efforts.” Last week, PA President Mahmoud Abbas said he will work with whoever wins the election.
The Palestinians want east Jerusalem as capital of their future state, but continued settlement proliferation operations and terror attacks on Gaza strip on fictitious pretexts has incensed the international community, which sees it as a very serious obstacle to peace.
Israel exists on illegally occupied Palestine lands and big aid from USA and Europe. It looks both USA and EU, now appreciating Israeli strategy of using them as a security shield and refuses to listen to their advice on Palestine peace issue, would henceforth cut aid and even deactivate its support for the Zionist criminal regime in Mideast.
The behavior and posture of Israel shows entire world, especially the advanced western nations, depends on Jews. Israeli leaders have made the people of Israel the collective culprits for the military crimes in Palestine.
If Netanyahu becomes the PM of Israel again, all strenuous efforts of Washington would be in jeopardy and President Obama may have to now go all out to get Israel for the deal, if possible by using the US aid packages to Israel as the key tool.
The other plus point is that now that Netanyahu is firmer with more of anti-Palestine ideas, the PLO or PA can go all-out to the International courts for justice.
Palestinians cannot expect anything good from an arrogant Israeli regime with exta fanatic mindset of Jewish leaders- except more criminal operations!