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Palestinians fear political instability in Israel

Palestinians worry that investigations against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will push him to adopt an even more settlement-friendly policy.
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Palestinians were glued to their TV sets on Feb. 13 when the Israeli Police published its recommendations to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over charges of bribery. Netanyahu is suspected to have accepted gifts from US-based Israeli billionaire Arnon Milchan and to be involved in a give-and-take deal with Arnon Mozes, the publisher of Yedioth Ahronoth daily.

Several people who Al-Monitor spoke with in a Ramallah cafe were delighted over the news, yet cynical. “He will outmaneuver everyone, as he does with the US administration,” said one of them, speaking on condition of anonymity. “It is the occupation that corrupted him,” said a Palestinian student from Al-Quds University, also speaking on condition of anonymity.

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