Netanyahu looks to form right-wing government after victory

Benjamin Netanyahu's rival party concedes Israeli election

"Palestinian leadership has been unwilling to accept any reasonable peace proposal or even to negotiate seriously toward a solution".

Israel's attorney general has signaled that he's preparing to file corruption charges against Netanyahu. One of the major factors hastening Mr. Netanyahu's victory was the low voter turnout among Israel's Arab residents, which was below 50%.

Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party won 36 seats while the centrist Blue and White, led by an ex-army chief, gained 35 seats, the results showed.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu's campaign threat to annex the West Bank signals an alarming and unprecedented violation of human rights and global law", Jayapal and Pocan said in a statement. And democracy has been put to the test with a new law that could weaken the standing of non-Jewish citizens and Netanyahu himself saying the country is the nation state "not of all its citizens, but only the Jewish people".

The New Right had one of the most disappointing performances of the election. He says Netanyahu might see the next two years, while Trump's in office, as a chance to strike a "definitive blow that would end the Iran nuclear program".

"I'm going to apply sovereignty, but I don't distinguish between settlement blocs and the isolated settlement points, because from my perspective every such point of settlement is Israeli", Netanyahu said during a television interview.

"In the wake of his narrow reelection, we urge Prime Minister Netanyahu to reverse course from his provocative campaign rhetoric", the USA progressive leaders said.

Netanyahu highlighted his close relationship with President Donald Trump, who delighted Israelis and angered Palestinians by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital in 2017 and moving the U.S. Embassy to the holy city last May.

The last round of USA -brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014.

Netanyahu no doubt expects the U.S.to acquiesce to his announcement, on the eve of the vote, that Israel will annex parts of the West Bank as well. Japan has continued to identify its differences with the US on key Middle East issues, from Israel to Iran (it prefers engagement with Tehran to isolation, the Trump administration's default policy).

Mr. Netanyahu's campaign against Arab politicians, together with a new alliance with anti-Arab extremists and the passage a year ago of a contentious nation-state law, which enshrined Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people alone, deepened calls for an election boycott in Arab communities.

But should Netanyahu proceed with his campaign promise and begin annexing the West Bank, he will undo much of the goodwill that has emerged between Israel and the Arab World of late. Experiences such as these at a young age have caused them to believe that peace can only be achieved by force; something only the right-wing parties can achieve.

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