Isreal Election: Extreme right in Netanyahu’s Government won’t dent Western Support

 

“….None of this is to play down the significance of the results. Meretz, the only Jewish party that professes to favour peace over the rights of Israeli settlers, appears to have failed to make it over the electoral threshold. Israel’s tiny peace camp looks dead and buried.

The secular far-right, the settler far-right and the fundamentalist religious right have secured 70 of the parliament’s 120 seats, even if internecine feuds mean not all of them are prepared to sit together. Enough will, however, to ensure that disgraced former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu returns to power for a record sixth time.

All but certain to be at the heart of the new government is Itamar Ben-Gvir, whose party represents the brutish, nakedly supremacist legacy of the notorious Rabbi Meir Kahane, who wished to expel Palestinians from their homeland. Netanyahu knows he owes his comeback to the astonishing rise of Ben-Gvir and the Kahanists – and he will need to suitably reward them…..”

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