WEST BANK (Dispatches) – The Zionist regime’s most extremist former PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his ultra-right coalition are set to be in power, as he won elections while standing charges on corruption and political dysfunction.
Netanyahu allied with the extremist MK Itamar Ben-Gvir’s Otzma Yehudit party and Betzalel Smotrich’s Religious Zionism party. His coalition earned him a total of 64 out of 120 seats, by that making up the majority of the Knesset.
The elections, which kicked off on Tuesday, are a fifth attempt by the occupying regime in only four years to end a paralyzing political stalemate, amid deep political divisions among the regime’s political parties.
Netanyahu’s previous term was marked with sheer expansion of Tel Aviv’s illegal settlement activities.
Netanyahu’s major ally, Ben-Gvir, is notorious for his constant provocative raids of Palestinian towns and Islamic holy places such as the Al-Aqsa mosque. He is also infamous for rallying illegal settlers that call for the death of Arabs and Palestinians and chant racist slogans against Muslims and Arabs.
The previous Zionist cabinet, under Netanyahu, sped up annexing Palestinian lands in order to expand settlement projects. Also, Political commentators and Netanyahu’s critics have long criticized him for demonizing the Arab community with his political rhetoric.
Concerns remain on what will Netanyahu’s policies towards Palestinians would be like, with a much possible spike in settlement expansions and green light to settler attacks against Palestinians.
More than 600,000 Zionists live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Al-Quds.
The Palestinian Hamas resistance movement stressed that the apartheid regime is an occupying force, and that it cannot give legitimacy to its occupation of the Palestinian territories by staging elections.