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Netanyahu’s ousting means no change for Palestinians, even though they are part of the reason for his political demise

Dragged down kicking and screaming, Israel’s longest serving PM has been ousted. While many Israelis are celebrating, the same can’t be said about the Palestinians whom the establishment are desperately attempting to sideline.

Replacing Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu is his former right-wing ally Naftali Bennett, who will serve as prime minister of Israel for two years, preceding his coalition partner Yair Lapid, who will serve for the latter period of the new “change” coalition’s reign.

Despite attempts from the new Israeli government to focus almost purely on the economy and on uniting Israel, it was clear from the outset that foreign policy issues and the Palestinian question were not going away anytime soon. Yet, no coherent plan for the dealing with the Palestinian citizens of Israel, as well as Palestinians in the occupied territories, has been presented.

Bennett, a former Likud party member and now leader of Yamina, is a religious nationalist whose contempt for Arabs and Muslims has been made clear. Bennet once allegedly proclaimed that “I’ve killed lots of Arabs in my life and there’s no problem with that.” According to a Palestinian member of the Knesset, Ahmed Tibi, “Naftali Bennett is the man who once told me in an interview ‘we were here when you were still swinging on trees’ – he referred to Arabs as monkeys”.

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