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Bodyguards for Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stand in position during a campaign's conference for the coming general elections in Tel Aviv Jan. 14, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/NIR ELIAS)

Palestinians Must Unite Before Israeli Elections

Author: Clovis Maksoud Posted January 15, 2013

It looks like the growing right-wing constituency in Israel is no longer satisfied with the Likud and Yisrael Beitenu alliance alone. They have responded positively to a new nationalist party headed by Naftali Bennett called "Jewish Home" — a movement that marginalizes anything moderate and renders what remains of the so-called “left” powerless.

SummaryPrint Clovis Maksoud writes that the likely victory by right-wing parties in the coming Israeli elections sets a deadline for Palestinian reconciliation.
Author Clovis Maksoud Posted January 15, 2013

The new elections are going to result in more proliferation of settlements, more creeping annexation and less Palestinian access to East Jerusalem as a future capital of Palestine. The competition among these right-wing parties lies in how quickly they can expedite the annexation of the West Bank.

This electoral development means that the Palestinians and Arabs in general are facing a new reality in which discussions between the PA and Israel are futile, and negotiations out of the question. This means that it has become imperative to reunite the leadership of the Palestinian people immediately, before it is too late, to devise a strategy of consequential resistance and to entreat the new government of Egypt to consider revising the treaty between Egypt and Israel. As a leading Arab country, Egypt constitutes the principle deterrent.

I know that perhaps in the overall condition of the Arab world today, some of these suggestions might be considered unrealistic, but the realities being imposed require us, and especially the Palestinian leadership, to develop a new model.

Clovis Maksoud is a former ambassador and permanent observer of the League of Arab States at the United Nations and its chief representative in the United States for more than 10 years.

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Clovis Maksoud
Contributor, Lebanon Pulse

Clovis Maksoud is a former ambassador and permanent observer of the League of Arab States at the United Nations and its chief representative in the United States for more than 10 years.

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