State of Palestine: Locals lament shift ‘towards repression and fascism’ following Israeli election

Palestinians from Ramallah shared their thoughts on Tuesday, after it became clear that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party scored a victory after a third vote in less than a year. Many thought that the Arab voter turnout would capture some seats from Netanyahu, and that corruption allegations that have hurt the prime minister's reputation would have affected the outcome... Еще. «It is clear from these results that the Israeli society has turned toward the extreme right, and they have overlooked the corruption related to Netanyahu, as Netanyahu was chosen again. It is racist politics and Israeli settlement, and this indicates the state of extremism within the Israeli occupation government,» said one local in a street interview. In a more stern appraisal, another local also expressed his thoughts that Israeli politics have become more right-wing. «If you want to see the results, the Center Party and the Likud Party are the same programme, except for the matter of how to kill. Whether there is immediate killing of the Palestinians or slow killing, this is the Israeli election programme, and there is no difference in Israeli society,» he said. Others also felt that the election foreshadows worse things to come, including a total annexation of the Jordan Valley. With 90 percent of votes counted, the results suggest Netanyahu‘s Likud party won 36 seats and a total of 59 for his right-wing bloc, putting the prime minister narrowly ahead of main rival Benny Gantz with 31 seats and 55 for his Blue and White alliance.
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