Speaking to the website of the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, Hassan Hanizadeh said: With the announcement of the final results of the fourth Israeli parliamentary elections in the past two years and the repeated failure of the Israeli prime minister and his traditional allies to gain the necessary parliamentary majority to form a new government speculations about continuity of the political stalemate in the occupied Palestine has intensified.
He added: In the elections, the Likud Party won 32 seats and with a coalition with other parties will win only 56 seats, which is not enough to form a cabinet. Also, the White and Blue Party headed by Benny Gantz with coalitions that he made with moderate parties won about 57 seats, but in any case, because those parties did not win half plus one vote, they will not be able to form a government on their own.
The expert stressed that in such circumstances, an interim government headed by Netanyahu will be formed for the fifth time in the past two years to hold another Knesset election, which is still likely that the Likud Party would be defeated and if this party fails the elections will be held again.
According to Hanizadeh, in fact, a cycle is repeating itself in the occupied territories, in which case Benjamin Netanyahu will remain in power for the time being, and this situation is in his favor.
The expert, saying that although the fourth Israeli Knesset elections, as was expected, saw the defeat of the extremist Likud Party led by Benjamin Netanyahu, referred to the dissatisfactions of the Party and said: Over the past two years, a series of crises have affected the political and economic structure of the Zionist regime which led to the failure of the Likud Party in the Past four elections of the Zionist regime. The sharp differences emerged between the two Ashkenazi and Sephardim social spectrums, the rise in the unemployment rate to 37 percent, failure of Netanyahu’s government to deal with the Coronavirus and the corruption case of the Israeli Prime Minister and his wife Sarah have spread discontent in the Jewish community of the occupied territories.
He noted: Therefore, in the last two years, elections have been held four times in the occupied territories, but none of the influential parties was able to get a majority vote to form a new government.
Hanizadeh also said that the defeat of the Likud Party for the fourth time indicates that the Zionist regime is on the verge of a social and political collapse.
The expert on the Middle East affairs pointed to another influential element in the process of the developments in Tel Aviv, namely the changes in the White House, adding: The changes that have taken place in the White House and the long-standing differences between the Democratic Party and the Likud Party of Israel has made the United States and Joe Biden’s team to be clearly inclined to the victory of Israel’s moderate parties. For this reason, there is a kind of security and political vacuum in the occupied territories now, and if early Knesset elections are held again, the Likud Party will suffer another defeat, and it is likely that Benjamin Netanyahu will be removed from the Israeli political cycle forever.
He went on to say that the priority of the United States and Biden himself is not Israel, adding: Therefore, the cabinet is currently headed by Netanyahu until the time the US policy is determined.
Explaining Netanyahu’s performance in view of the Jews, the expert said: Benjamin Netanyahu’s only trump card is to establish relations with some reactionary Arab regimes, but in the domestic arena, especially in the economic sphere, Netanyahu has faced many failures.
Noting that the political stalemate in Israel will continue for the time being, Hanizadeh stressed: The situation will not be better for Netanyahu in the future, and even if a high-turnout election is held, none of the parties will probably get enough votes.
Referring to Netanyahu’s policies towards Iran and the Palestinian issue, he said: It seems that Netanyahu will pursue the same extremist policies towards Iran and the Palestinian issue, but he will not have US political support and his hand is tied for new adventures.
Hanizadeh also said that if Benny Gantz has any plan for the next elections, he might have a better chance, because the Americans would prefer Gantz to be elected.