Published: Sat, April 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Israel’s Election, Through the Eyes of a Young Palestinian

Israel’s Election, Through the Eyes of a Young Palestinian

"I think we have a chance". Is it a done deal, is Netanyahu going to be back for a fifth term?

Reuven Rivlin, president of Israel, will now consult with political leaders to see who can put together a government and announce the results next week.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to form a right-wing governing coalition on Thursday after securing victory in a high-stakes Israeli election despite a strong challenge from a centrist alliance.

So it's quite a success for him, it's a personal success for him.

"I'm going to apply sovereignty, but I don't distinguish between settlement blocs and the isolated settlement points, because from my perspective every such point of settlement is Israeli", Netanyahu said during a television interview.

The Likud said late on Wednesday that Netanyahu "will form a right-wing government and he is already in advanced negotiations with the national camp partners".

"Jews voted 80 percent Democratic in 2016, and that won't change much no matter what" Mr. Trump does, Mr. Miller says.

The Blue and White party, Netanyahu's main challenger in the elections, admitted defeat on Wednesday night, vowing to serve as a "fierce opposition" to Netanyahu. You have to go back 20 years for the last time the country elected a prime minister from the left.


Henrique Cymerman: Yes there was, because the Blue and White Party, they are a new party, they were created only some 2.5 months ago, but they did something important, they got quite a success too. Our party consists of right, left, religious and secular. Experiences such as these at a young age have caused them to believe that peace can only be achieved by force; something only the right-wing parties can achieve.

Netanyahu's vow to annex the West Bank-home to almost three million Palestinians-came just days before of Israel's election on Tuesday.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who Netanyahu featured on campaign billboards to highlight their close relationship, phoned to congratulate him on his re-election, the Israeli leader said, adding that he thanked his American ally for "tremendous support for Israel".

So in a way, all this was the reason why the majority of the Israelis gave Netanyahu a new mandate.

Japan does not recognize Israel's claim to the Golan Heights, and it continues to provide support to the Palestinian people directly, through United Nations and other aid organizations, and by creating business opportunities within the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

Just as remarkable, many global affairs experts say, was the very unsubtle manner in which an American president threw his weight behind a personal favorite in another country's election.

All of the right-wing and ultra-Orthodox parties have said they will recommend Netanyahu, with the exception of Yisrael Beytenu's Avigdor Liberman who has said he will not recommend Gantz but has not yet committed to naming Netanyahu.

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