By appealing to the deep-seated racism of the Zionists, Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party once again came out ahead with 30 seats in Israeli elections. He will now have to cobble together a coalition in the snake pit of Israeli politics. Netanyahu has vowed no Palestinian state, more illegal settlements and an even more belligerent policy. The choices for the Palestinians are now very clear.
Wednesday March 18, 2015, 09:23 DST
Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud Party won 30 seats against his nearest rival, the Zionist Union’s 24 seats in the March 17 elections, leaving the political landscape virtually unchanged. Or did it?
Netanyahu is the nastiest of the nasty bunch of politicians that the Zionist state has produced over the course of its tortuous and illegal existence. When opinion polls showed that the Zionist Union would pull ahead, Netanyahu got even nastier: no Palestinian state in my life, more money for homes for illegal Zionist squatters in Jerusalem and, of course, a promise to create jobs. While his 30 seats are far short of the 61 needed to form a government in the 120-seat Knesset, the usual horse-trading has already begin to cobble together a coalition.
In the snake pit of Israeli politics, smaller parties—usually even more extreme than Netanyahu’s Likud, if such a thing is possible—wring disproportionate concessions to support the government. What the election results also show is how racist the Israeli society is.
The election also threw up 14 seats for the Arab bloc of Joint List. Netanyahu had played on the deepest racism of Israelis by talking up the “Arab hordes” coming to take over that garnered him support among the Zionist thugs. The Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog called Netanyahu earlier today (March 18) to congratulate him but he told the Haaretz newspaper: "Nothing has changed, we will keep fighting for a just society.
"Will the election result now disabuse the minds of clowns that dominate the Palestinian Authority that there is no such animal called the “peace process?” It was a farce enacted by the Zionists to wring more concessions from the Palestinians. Leading to the election, Netanyahu finally tossed this farce aside completely. The chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Palestinians would step up their bid for statehood following the vote.
"It is clear that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will form the next government, so we say clearly that we will go to the International Criminal Court in the Hague and we will speed up, pursue and intensify" diplomatic efforts, he told AFP news agency. The Palestinian Authority has threatened to bring criminal charges against Netanyahu and a number of Israeli generals for war crimes in Gaza.
Would the Palestinians now also intensify efforts at the UN Security Council to seek recognition for a Palestinian state, a move that was blocked last year? Not much is expected from the Palestinian Authority honchos fattened on easy money. The choice for other Palestinians has been made easier: there is no alternative to a determined struggle to secure their rights. The so-called peace talks were always that: talk. Now Netanyahu has withdrawn even that option. The choice for the Palestinians is clear.