'Annexation Wins' PLO Warns of Likud Win in Israeli Election

Published March 3rd, 2020 - 10:49 GMT
Saeb Erekat, Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and chief Palestinian negotiator, talks to reporters about the recent Israeli elections in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 3, 2020. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel's general election, with exit polls putting the indicted premier in a strong position to form the next government.The previous day Erekat said the exit polls by Israeli media showed that "settlement, annexation and apartheid have won the Is
Saeb Erekat, Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and chief Palestinian negotiator, talks to reporters about the recent Israeli elections in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 3, 2020. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel's general election, with exit polls putting the indicted premier in a strong position to form the next government.The previous day Erekat said the exit polls by Israeli media showed that "settlement, annexation and apartheid have won the Israeli elections." ABBAS MOMANI / AFP
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Netanyahu had pledged to annex the Jordan Valley, a large part of the occupied West Bank, if he won and formed the next government.

A top Palestinian official said Monday initial Israeli election exit polls indicating victory for right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed that "annexation" had won.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the exit polls by Israeli media showed that "settlement, annexation and apartheid have won the Israeli elections."

"Netanyahu's campaign was about the continuation of the occupation and conflict," Erekat added on Twitter, saying the result would "force the people of the region to live by the sword: continuation of violence, extremism and chaos."

Netanyahu had pledged to annex the Jordan Valley, a large part of the occupied West Bank, if he won and formed the next government.

Palestinians see the territory as a vital part of their planned future state and have said such annexation would mean an end to the notion of peace on the basis of the two-state solution.

Exit polls immediately after voting ended suggested Netanyahu's Likud had won between 36 and 37 seats in Israel's 120-seat parliament, with his centrist rivals Blue and White earning between 32 and 33.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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