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Palestinians don’t expect change from next Israeli cabinet

Mona Kandil
Press TV, Ramallah

Yair Lapid, the leader of Israeli opposition Yesh Atid party, informed the Israeli president that he can form a coalition cabinet. This brings to an end the era of long-time Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Under the coalition agreement, Lapid will share power with head of the right wing Yamina Naftali Bennett, who would be Netanyahu’s immediate replacement.

For the Palestinians, however, Netanyahu’s removal would be no improvement, especially that the coming Prime Minister Bennett, who was a former settler leader, rejects Palestinian statehood.

Palestinian officials say they expect Bennet’s cabinet will even be more extreme than Netanyahu’s.

Experts say that for the time being, Netanyahu’s successors, with their disparate agendas, are expected to leave contentious issues unresolved. According to them, Bennett does not believe in a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. His aim instead is to take full control of Palestinians.

Moreover, they say, Bennet has some red lines he will never cross. He has long championed the right of settlement in the West Bank.

Under the coalition agreement, Bennett and Lapid would rotate the role of prime minister, with Bennett taking up the post for the first two years and Lapid the final two.

Experts say Netanyahu will not let it go easily as the parliament still has about 12 days to swear in the cabinet. During this period, Netanyahu will do his utmost to convince enough right-wing lawmakers to vote against the new cabinet.

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