Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Jerusalem News Agency – Did the Palestinian Authority try to support Netanyahu with the upcoming Knesset elections?


Whispered between Abbas and Netanyahu

The “Israeli” Deputy Minister, Fateen Mulla, discussed with members of the “Committee for Communication with Israeli Society” of the Palestine Liberation Organization, in the Knesset elections that will be held on March 23, and possible “assistance” by the Palestinian Authority to the head of the enemy government, Binyamin Netanyahu, according to the newspaper “Yediot Aharonot”.

Yesterday, the newspaper quoted Palestinian sources in Ramallah as saying that they are “conservative” about such contacts, and that “in recent weeks the Palestinian Authority has conducted secret contacts with the Likud about quiet support on the part of the Authority for Netanyahu, through activity in exchange for” Israeli Arabs “and encouraging them to Support Likud, or at least not support the Joint List“.

The newspaper added that “these contacts did not bear fruit and stopped recently, apparently for technical reasons.” The deputy minister in the office of the head of the enemy government, Fateen Mulla, represented the Likud in these contacts. The “Committee for Communication with the Israeli Society” headed by a member of the Fatah leadership, Muhammad al-Madani, who is close to Mahmoud Abbas, participated in the contacts on the Palestinian Authority..

The newspaper continued, quoting one of the sources, that these contacts should have reached their climax through a meeting in Ramallah following an invitation from the authority. But the meeting was not held in the end because the “Israeli” side was not approved, apparently for security reasons related to entering Ramallah, noting that a high-ranking delegation from the “Israeli” Ministry of Health visited Ramallah last week. The source added, “The Palestinian side felt offended by not responding to the invitation,” and then froze contacts.

The sources who spoke to the newspaper said that after the announcement of the fourth Knesset elections, “they analyzed the Israeli partisan arena in the Palestinian Authority and realized that the battle for government will be between the right and the right of a hawk. According to their analysis, Netanyahu is considered politically moderate in comparison to Naftali Bennett and Gideon Sa’er “.

The newspaper considered that “the Palestinian fear is that the election of one of them (Bennett or Sa’ar) will increase the chances of implementing unilateral steps in the West Bank, such as partial annexation and expansion of settlements.” According to the newspaper, too, “relations between Ramallah and the Joint List have cooled in recent months“.

Netanyahu had used the Palestinian Authority in the second election round of the Knesset, in 2019, when he promoted that the Authority was calling for the exit to vote in order to overthrow him, and Netanyahu’s goal was to encourage right-wing voters to go to the polls. In the wake of that, the authority issued a statement denying Netanyahu’s allegations.

The newspaper quoted Mulla as saying that he was holding talks, but he described them as “various conversations on a low fire. We are trying to do something good for the people of” Israel “and the Middle East. I cannot say more than that. The Joint List does not represent the Palestinian people.”.

Following the Likud party, he said that what was stated in the newspaper’s report was “nonsense,” adding that “everyone knows that the Palestinian Authority favors (Yesh Atid leader Yair) Lapid as prime minister instead of Netanyahu, who achieved the safest security year since the establishment of the state.“.

Likewise, Saar said, “Netanyahu’s attempt to push the leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organization to interfere in the elections in” Israel “is a new low. Netanyahu has no red lines. And he proves, time and again, that what matters to him only are his personal interests, which outweigh the national interest. And he is no longer competent to take over the post of prime minister of Israel. “.



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