Israel: Return of Netanyahu: US efforts for Mideast peace 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, ultra fanatic Israel. After all, only such Jews can become Israeli president to promote Zionist arrogant system. .
Israel has been denying the besieged Palestinians their right to exit. The return, if at all, of the Likud party with proclamation of “no-Palestine” could only further complicate the issue of peace in the Mideast further.
Hawkish Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party won just 30 seats in the 120 seated Knesset, parliament, but other parties have got less seats and he has done it by wooing the illegal Jewish settlers and successfully generating fear and euphoria among Israeli Jews against Palestinians, Iran etc. In the current Parliament Netanyahu’s Likud Party has just 18 seats.
Likud party has managed to win 30 seats but if other parties who have got 90 seats come together to form a government by keeping Likud out Netanyahu can be the most disappointed man on earth. However, if the Israeli president, committed to perpetration of Zionist crimes in Palestine, would not like to ask Netanyahu to form the government, matters could be complicated for Zionist philosophy.
Clearly, however, it is a negative voting in fear 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.
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 his party’s 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.
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 was trailing the opposition parties in the final opinion polls, 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’s West bank territories, a restless Netanyahu assured the 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 term.
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 could keep attacking Gaza strip, killing innocent people, including children and women. Netanyahu left 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.
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. Netanyahu’s strategy of using fear of enemies and euphoria promoting Zionist ideology to make Jews feel scared of enemies from Palestine did the trick for Netanyahu. Netanyahu, who was 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. 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.
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.
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.
Israelis, mainly Jews -5.88 million voters were eligible to vote- went to vote on 18 March for Israel’s second snap general election in as many years in a ballot experts agreed to be a referendum on the Netanyahu years, including frequent military attacks on Gaza Strip, spread lies to justify his crimes and his address to US Congress to criticize Obama’s foreign policy which was resented by most Americans, including President Obama.
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.
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”.
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. 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.
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 US foreign policy and Iranian nuclear issues. The Israeli Premier has been constantly at loggerheads with President Obama who seems to be uncooperative with Israel to the extent his predecessors had done. Netanyahu’s recent effort to undermine the US leader by addressing the Congress without coordinating with the White House has widened the rift.
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 for peace in Mideast 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 plus veto handle to promote 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!