Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election success is being portrayed by some as a victory for the international aspects of the Palestinian cause. For months, Palestinians have been trying to leverage Europe’s frustration with Israeli actions and now the United States might be having second thoughts about wielding its almighty UN Security Council veto.
Since shortly after it began militarily occupying the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza in the 1967 War, Israel has been colonizing them with Jewish settlers in violation of international law, part of an effort to cement control and prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Defying all pre-election polling, which showed Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party at best in a dead heat with its main electoral rival, the Zionist Union, the Israeli prime minister romped to a comfortable victory in Israel's election Tuesday, garnering 30 seats against the Zionist Union's 24. The results chart a relatively easy path for Netanyahu to form a right-wing government composed of extreme nationalist, pro-settlement, and religious parties.
The White House is understandably livid with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who, in a desperate bid to retain power, won Israel's election last week by laying bare the racism and colonialism at the heart of Israel's policies toward Palestinians. To pander to an increasingly nationalist and intolerant voter base, Netanyahu admitted that Israel's colonization of Palestinian land is designed to constrict Palestinian growth, renounced his lukewarm support for Palestinian statehood and engaged in race-baiting against Israel's Palestinian citizens.
I am a demographic threat. I am a demographic threat; I am the son, grandson and father of demographic threats; and I am the husband of demographic spillover. I am a Palestinian citizen of Israel, and this is the language that the State of Israel, its leaders and its elites have sanctioned within their discourse to refer to me and to millions of other human beings.
The victory of Benjamin Netanyahu and the extreme right in the Israeli elections sorely disappointed those who had pinned their hopes on the Labor-led Zionist Camp so they could resume the peace process. The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the Obama administration and the European Union (EU) now have to face the fact that the Palestinians have no partner for peace.
The last days of the campaign sounded an awful lot like the Jim Crow South, when African-Americans had officially won the right to vote but still faced massive discrimination. On election morning, a powerful white official running for re-election urged his followers to get out and vote, warning that minority voters were turning out in large numbers—and those trouble-making civil rights agitators, he complained, were busing them to the polls. But this wasn’t Mississippi or Alabama circa 1965. It was Israel in 2015.
IF anyone doubted where Benjamin Netanyahu stood on the question of peace, the Israeli prime minister made himself clear just before Tuesday’s election, proclaiming that there would never be a Palestinian state on his watch. Then he decided to engage in a bit of fear-mongering against Palestinian citizens of Israel in hopes of driving his supporters to the polls.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rightist Likud party won a surprise victory in national elections on Tuesday, overcoming the strong challenge of an alliance of center-left parties. Netanyahu can't rest on his laurels, though: After forming a new coalition government, he will have to address the economic grievances that animated the election and led to a turnout of nearly 72 percent...