Israel’s New Government Will Deepen Rifts, Not Heal Them

Source: Antiwar.com
by Jonathan Cook

“The photo was unprecedented. It showed Mansour Abbas, leader of an Islamist party for Palestinians in Israel, signing an agreement on Wednesday night to sit in a ‘government of change’ alongside settler leader Naftali Bennett. Caretaker Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will fervently try to find a way to break up the coalition in the next few days …. if he fails, it will be the first time in the country’s 73-year history that a party led by a Palestinian citizen has joined — or been allowed to join — an Israeli government. Aside from the symbolism of the moment, there are no other grounds for celebration. In fact, the involvement of Abbas’s four-member United Arab List in shoring up a majority for a government led by Bennett and Yair Lapid is almost certain to lead to a further deterioration in majority-minority relations.” (06/07/21)

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