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

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Deanna Wagner | 13 April, 2019, 12:56

Netanyahu said he would build a right-wing coalition, but would aim at inclusiveness to be the prime minister of all Israelis, right and left, Jewish and non-Jewish. The Likud has 36 seats while Gantz's party has 35.

"Trump never said "Vote Bibi" ..."

In recent weeks, Trump tweeted that Israel should claim sovereignty over the Golan Heights, land seized from Syria during the war with Arab countries in 1967, and days before the election, the USA government declared the Iran Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization, a decision that delighted Netanyahu and his hard-line supporters.

Netanyahu no doubt expects the U.S.to acquiesce to his announcement, on the eve of the vote, that Israel will annex parts of the West Bank as well.

As the New York Times noted, "Applying sovereignty to Israeli settlements on West Bank land that the Palestinians demand for a future state, presumably along with the roads and infrastructure tethering those places to the rest of Israel, would leave the Palestinians at best with an archipelago of disconnected territory". "Netanyahu gathered all of the extremists and cannibalized his partners".

But anyway, I think the right-wing in Israel was reinforced, not only Likud, but also the religious parties, and that's how I believe he'll have a bloc of 65 among the 120 members of the Knesset that will support his government. Trump's move has rightly received condemnation from the global community, and states must continue to do all they can to ensure this potentially destabilizing transformation of the peace process is prevented. While his coalition partners are willing to support him now because of his command of Israel's right-wing constituency, that support could be imperilled if charges of bribery or breach of trust are handed down by Israel's Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit. Trump's move can be construed as an effective endorsement of Israel's seizure of territory, with Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah claiming that it signals USA support of "Israel sovereignty over the West Bank" in the near-future.

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The last round of US -brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014.

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

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He helped talk Trump into pulling the USA out of the Iran nuclear deal. Knowing that Israelis value their country's relations with the U.S., Netanyahu had to listen. Most analysts and even Trump administration officials say Iran is abiding by the terms of the deal - which offered sanctions relief in exchange for limits on Iran's nuclear program.

Trump almost always backs Netanyahu and has given him a series of wins: Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights, taking tough steps against Iran.