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Shalhat: The elections confirmed that Israeli society is being swamped with extremism


2019-09-20 | Source: عرب ٤٨/ عمر دلاشة

The Israeli political scene remains uncertain after the election resulted in the defeat of Benjamin Netanyahu, who wanted a right-wing government based on the Haredi and religious Zionism, granting him judicial immunity and ensuring his political career. But the defeat of Netanyahu does not mean the defeat of the right, which retained 55 seats in parliament, in addition to the eight seats won by "Yisrael Beitenu" led by Avigdor Lieberman, the right-wing and Likud stepson. Regarding the changes in the Israeli political scene, and whether it refers to changes within Israeli society, political analyst Antoine Shalhat told Arab 48 that there is no change at the political level, stressing that Israeli society has proved that it is mired in extremism towards Its regional environment. "If you mean political changes, the answer is not absolute," Shalhat said. "These elections proved once again that Israeli society is mired in extremism towards its regional environment, and the multi-party programs reflected this disregard by ignoring Palestinian rights and occupation, and increasing its racist view of Arab citizens." ". Shalhat said that "Netanyahu succeeded in imposing his political agenda on all the Zionist parties, especially on his main rival, the coalition 'Kahul Lavan', but that this coalition tried to bid on Netanyahu to his right, for example with regard to the position of annexation of the Jordan Valley, and the position of the Gaza Strip ". "Even if he succeeds in toppling Netanyahu, this will not bring us as Palestinians any human good, except for the low level of incitement caused by Netanyahu's vision of us as enemies in both small and large. This in itself is important, but more importantly it is still not IPad in sight, at least the perspective horizon. ' Will any party succeed in forming a government, and how? Shaltha: "If we rely on the declared positions of each party and the blocks supporting it, the answer is that it is difficult if not impossible, but God creates what we do not know; There is frequent talk of a unity government whose key is in Netanyahu's hands alone, and the possibility of a third round of elections is also strong. How do you explain the high rate of participation in the Palestinian interior? Shalhat: "There are many reasons to explain the high rate of participation of Palestinians at home, whatever these reasons I will point to the following: First, restructuring the common list and creating an atmosphere of national enthusiasm; Second, respond to the challenge against the backdrop of Netanyahu's campaign of incitement against Arab citizens and the legitimacy of their political role. I think that the high rate of Palestinian participation is a message to our parties and another message to the Israeli establishment. " Regarding the leadership of the opposition, do we really want such a position? Shalhat: "The issue of the position of the opposition leader is part of the game's origins for those who decide to run in the parliamentary elections, regardless of whether the Knesset will allow this position to be occupied by an Arab MP. Whether we want it or not, this is a matter that should be studied and agreed when it is relevant." ". Do you recommend the joint party to form a government with the head of state? Shalhat: "This issue also needs to be studied in depth and debate among the parties involved, not to mention that it is part of the origins of the parliamentary game; and the recommendation, if agreed, is not free, and must be evaluated, so my answer is not absolute or not absolute, we Circulation more deeply and foreseeing its outcomes. "