Palestinians not count on Israeli parliamentary elections' results

2019-09-14 13:35:17 GMT2019-09-14 21:35:17(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

GAZA/RAMALLAH, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinians agreed that the results of the Israeli parliamentary elections on Sept. 17 won't change their political reality.

The Palestinians believed that most of the Israeli leaders adopt a single strategy based on "hatred as well as eliminating the Palestinian cause and removing it from the political map."

They expected that the right-wing Likud Party of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will win the coming elections, because the Israeli community is becoming more extreme right.

Ahmad al-Saei, 25-year-old young man from Gaza, told Xinhua that "every Israeli party seeks to raise its shares before holding the Israeli elections."

Saei expects that Netanyahu is the candidate to win in the election "because he is the only politician in Israel who meets the needs of the extreme Israeli community which rejects the implementation of any understandings reached with the Palestinians that would lead to peace."

"It's premature to talk about negotiations before knowing the Israeli elections' results," he said, adding that "the Palestinian Authority is in need for another partner instead of Netanyahu in order to get to the track of the stalled peace process."

However, Islamic Hamas movement, which has been ruling the Gaza Strip since 2007, hopes that Netanyahu will win the coming elections, because the movement has become familiar with his policies over the past 10 years, Saei said.

The parliamentary elections will be held in Israel for the second time in less than a year while the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been stalled since 2014, after the United States had sponsored it for nine months without making any progress over ending their conflict.

On Sept. 10, Netanyahu said that he would annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank right after Israel's Sept. 17 election, if he wins re-election.

Hebba Sadallah, 40-year-old woman from Gaza, said that the results of the Israeli parliamentary elections won't make that substantial change in the Palestinian political reality either in the West Bank or Gaza, adding that "all Israeli politicians are the same and they compete against the Palestinians."

Sadallah, a teacher at a Gaza's governmental school, said that the only victim of such Israeli policies and ideologies "is the defenceless citizen who is not involved in politics."

Ali Shahin, 29, from Ramallah, said that the Palestinians "don't have hopes that the results of the Israeli elections would change the current Palestinian reality because the Israelis are becoming more radical right-wing, who are backed by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump."

"The Palestinians at the current time need reconciliation and end of their internal division to confront the Israeli danger," Shahin said, who is a Palestinian refugee working as an employee in the Palestinian Authority.

Husni Sheilo, 36-year-old resident of Ramallah, said that "no hope would come from the Israeli occupation because there are big parties who are racing in the elections, competing on how to fight and repress the Palestinians but the pro-peace parties in Israel are absent."

Mahmoud Harbiyat, 35-year-old youth activist from the West Bank, said that "the Palestinian people are convinced that Israeli parties do not differ from each other in their policies, regardless of the names that they carry."

Hani al-Masri, political analyst from Ramallah, said that the results will not differ much from the previous elections, as polls indicate a balance between the two rival camps.

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