Published: Sat, April 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Netanyahu's main rival party admits defeat in Israeli elections

Netanyahu's main rival party admits defeat in Israeli elections

Netanyahu said he would build a right-wing coalition, but would aim at inclusiveness to be the prime minister of all Israelis, right and left, Jewish and non-Jewish. The opposition centrist Blue and White coalition gained 35 seats in the parliament.

His current government is already seen as the most right-wing in Israel's history, and his next is expected to be similar if not even further to the right. "I'd like to congratulate him on a well-thought-out race", Trump said. Trump claims that recognizing Israel's claim to the land, seized from Syria in 1967, was a move of "critical strategic and security importance".

"We have established a genuine leadership alternative", Gantz said.

Netanyahu no doubt expects the U.S.to acquiesce to his announcement, on the eve of the vote, that Israel will annex parts of the West Bank as well.

Netanyahu will likely have a few weeks to put together this coalition. And instead of negotiating, they have pursued unilateral statehood through the United Nations. From covert Central Intelligence Agency involvement in elections in Latin America and Southeast Asia, to more subtle support for favored candidates or pro-democracy movements in Eastern Europe, the United States has acted to sway election outcomes and install or remove governments it liked or didn't like - especially since emerging from World War II as a global superpower.

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Then just last week came the State Department's designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization - a first-ever such designation of a military division of a foreign state (as opposed to a non-state group) and one Mr. Netanyahu had unsuccessfully sought for years over the objections of the USA intelligence community and the Pentagon. Trump's move can be construed as an effective endorsement of Israel's seizure of territory, with Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah claiming that it signals USA support of "Israel sovereignty over the West Bank" in the near-future. Congress continues to take up the case of Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election, which US intelligence agencies have concluded was carried out with the aim of damaging Hillary Clinton and boosting Mr. Trump's prospects.

Throughout the last decade, Netanyahu has focused on Iran and its nuclear program as Israel's biggest threat. "However, minor changes to the final tally may still be forthcoming", the daily said.

"He feels he has some unfinished business on a matter of great importance to Israel's national security, maybe even sees it as kind of his destiny", former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro told NPR. He says that it might not be a military blow - but could be. Knowing that Israelis value their country's relations with the U.S., Netanyahu had to listen.

Trapped in a vortex of violence between Hezbollah-backed Hamas of Ismail Haniyeh and the Israeli Defense Forces, shorn of support from the Gulf states who have warmed to Mr Netanyahu as their new ally in the war against common enemy Tehran, the Palestinians have lost what little support there was for a Palestinian state; be it, two state or one. Netanyahu's campaign featured photos of him and the president - just as Trump's will likely do. For all his rhetoric and his move to the right, he generally avoids making moves where he can't be confident of the outcome.

"He's been more of a status quo-maintenance politician for many years, now faced with some momentous decisions", Shapiro said.

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