Newspaper Review: Israeli Elections’ Results Focus of Dailies

RAMALLAH, March 18, 2015 (WAFA) – The three Palestinian Arabic dailies on the Israeli parliamentary elections, saying that initial reports indicated that current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the Likud party has won a fourth term in office with 30 seats.

Al-Quds said that the Likud and the centre-left Zionist Union were close in seats, while the Joint Arab List won the third strongest bloc.

Al-Ayyam highlighted in red: “Netanyahu was not defeated, and is the strongest candidate to head the new government as Prime Minister.”

Al-Hayat al-Jadida also highlighted that the Joint Arab List won the third place in the Israeli Knesset with 14 seats (while al-Quds reported that the Arab list won 13 seats).

The three dailies quoted PLO Executive Committee member Saeb Erekat, who stressed that the Palestinians are likely to intensify their diplomatic campaign against Israel in the international arena, in light of the results of the Israeli elections which saw Netanyahu’s far-right party winning the first place in the Knesset.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said the Palestinian cabinet approved an “emergency budget” for 2015, in which it will continue to pay only 60% of public servant monthly wages and pensions. This would continue until Israel releases the clearance revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, the government said.

It quoted PLO Executive Committee member Nabil Shaath, saying that the Palestinian Authority received an initial pledge from European countries about supplying the PA with a revolving fund, which aims to ward off the repercussions of Israel’s withholding of revenues.

Al-Ayyam quoted Hamas spokesperson, Sami Abu Zuhri, who said that Hamas does not differentiate between any of the Israeli candidates, who, according to Hamas, have the same approach towards the Palestinian people and their inalienable rights.