Palestinians are saying farewell to peace

“There will be no talk about a future Palestinian state,” he said. “The Israeli Right doesn’t believe in the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.”

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE
April 12, 2019 17:42
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A man enters the headquarters of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), in Ramallah Septembe

A man enters the headquarters of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), in Ramallah September 10, 2018. (photo credit: MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/REUTERS)

 
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The next Israeli government will apparently be made up of right-wing-parties, and people in the West Bank are expecting an even more hardline coalition when it comes to Palestinians and their rights.

Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said in a statement on Wednesday that the results of Tuesday’s Israeli vote confirmed the persistence of what she called Israel’s “racism” and “extremism.”
Ashrawi said that policies during previous governments headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu were based on hate speech and aimed at causing Israeli citizens to trust the Palestinians even less, and thus mold their choice of representatives.


She stressed that the election results thwarted any prospects for peace, and clearly showed that Israelis reject the idea of establishing a Palestinian state, and supporting additional settlement activity in the West Bank, something she termed “a continuation of challenging international laws and norms, and the will of the international community.”


She said Netanyahu would continue exercising his “extremist” and “militarist” agenda with blind support from the US and its president, Donald Trump, who did not hesitate to support his ally and enable the Israeli prime minister to extend his stewardship.


Moen al-Taher, a Jordanian political analyst, told The Media Line that the Israeli Right was moving toward apartheid and next government would not provide a solution for peace with the Palestinian people.


“The possibilities of peace and the two-state solution are no longer available,” Taher said, going so far as to predict that in 2019, Israel would be incorporating all of its “illegal” settlements in the West Bank, “if not the whole of the West Bank,” as part of the country.


Hanna Issa, a Palestinian political analyst, told The Media Line that the election results had to do with Israeli demographics, where the majority of the population was right-wing, and claimed that the US had influenced the election outcome.


“It’s not a coincidence that American Republicans living in Israel are hoping to hold a general conference in Jerusalem this year for all Republican expats,” he said. “At the end of the day, the United States won’t leave Israel to decide for itself, nor fframe a solution for the Middle East.”


Issa said that with background of the so-called deal-of-the-century, which is how people are referring to a Mideast peace plan by the Trump Administration that is still under wraps, would focus on achieving economic development in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip – without any political progress.


“There will be no talk about a future Palestinian state,” he said. “The Israeli Right doesn’t believe in the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.”

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