Netanyahu’s government may cease Palestine-Israel dialogue
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 20 / Trend , U.Sadigova/
The Palestinian-Israeli negotiations may be terminated if right coalition forces enter the new Israeli government. The Palestinian government will not negotiate with those who oppose the truce.
"If the future Israeli government rejects the problem of existence of two states [Israel and Palestine], we [the Palestinian Autonomy] will not negotiate with anybody," governing party Fatah spokesman Ziad Abu Ein told Trend in a telephone conversation from Ramallah.
On Feb. 20, Israeli President Shimon Peres instructed Benjamin Netanyahu to form a new government in Israel. Netanyahu is head of the right party Likud, which gained 27 seats in parliamentary elections. Thus, Netanyahu will succeed Prime Minister Ehud Olmert once he forms a new government in six weeks.
Taking Peres's order to form a government, Netanyahu called on Tzipi Livni and Ehud Barak for membership, but Livni decided to go into opposition.
As a result of parliamentary elections, Likud gained one mandate of less than Kadima, but Netanyahu enlisted support of 65 Knesset members.
Netanyahu takes a tougher stance in negotiations with Palestinians. He advocates continuing to build Jewish settlements in the West Bank which is opposed by Palestinians. Likud was against cessation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip against Hamas, which lasted 22 days.
If Netanyahu forms a government, he will become prime minister for the second office. During his 1996-99 office, negotiations with Palestine were suspended because of disputes on dividing Jerusalem.
During his election campaign, Netanyahu said he will focus on removing economic problems in the region and the West Bank and then review political problems with Palestinians. First of all, he promised to cut all ties with Palestinian movement Hamas.
Abu Ein said Netanyahu will address economic problems, which are not in Palestinians' interests. "Our basic goal is independence and freedom of Palestine," Fatah spokesman said.
Political scientist of Bar-Ilan University Yehudit Auerbach said problems on negotiations do not regard liberal politician Netanyahu's personality but the future of the Israeli government, which will be probably headed by religious [Shas] and national parties.
"If the government is formed by right parties, it will complicate Netanyahu's position in the peace process," Auerbach told Trend in a telephone conversation from Jerusalem.
Chatham House analyst Yossi Mekelburg agrees with Auerbach. He believes problems can occur not only with Palestinians but also inside Israel. "I think a "right" government will not only complicate the peace process but also approaching between Likud and Kadima," Mekelburg told Trend in a telephone conversation from London.
According to Mekelburg, the right wing of the Israeli government is against the dialogue with Palestinian Autonomy. If Netanyahu heads the government of the rights, the negotiations will be terminated.