- Title: Palestinian PM says Israeli election offers little hope for peace
- Date: 24th March 2021
- Summary: TUBAS, WEST BANK (MARCH 24, 2021) (REUTERS) PALESTINIAN PRIME MINISTER MOHAMMAD SHTAYYEH WALKING (SOUNDBITE) (English) PALESTINIAN PRIME MINISTER MOHAMMAD SHTAYYEH, SAYING: "What is needed really from the future prime minister of Israel is somebody who is ready to stand up and say that he is ready to end occupation that has occurred on the Palestinian territories since 1967. Any Israeli prime minister who is ready for that, he will find our president a partner for him. Otherwise, Israel is really shifting to the very right, and very unfortunately a lot of time has been wasted, and a lot of measures have been taken against our people, against our land, against our resources." VARIOUS OF SHTAYYEH AT CONFERENCE PALESTINIAN AND EUROPEAN UNION FLAG
- Embargoed: 7th April 2021 16:41
- Keywords: Israel Palestinians Shtayyeh elections
- Location: TUBAS, WEST BANK
- City: TUBAS, WEST BANK
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Middle East,Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
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- Story Text: Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Wednesday (March 24) that any prime minister who would emerge from Israel's election should be willing to end occupation of Palestinian territories.
Following the vote on Tuesday (March 23), it appeared Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would have to cobble together a coalition from a combination of right-wing allies, ultra-Orthodox parties, ultra-nationalists, Arabs and defectors to secure another term.
That could set up one of the most right-wing governments in Israel's history, analysts said.
Shtayyeh said that Israel's shift to the right would mean "a lot of time had been wasted."
Israel and the Palestinians have not held direct negotiations since 2014, when peace talks broke down. Each side accuses the other of intransigence over core issues such as Jerusalem and Jewish settlements.
Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war. Palestinians seek the territories for a future state.
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