Last Updated: Tue Nov 02, 2010 18:57 pm (KSA) 15:57 pm (GMT)

Netanyahu’s warmonger cabinet doomed from the start

Hassan Hanizadeh

Israeli President Shimon Peres’ decision to ask extremist Likud party leader Benjamin Netanyahu to attempt to form a new cabinet will lead to a series of political and security crises in Israel’s internal, regional, and international affairs.

Although the Likud leader tried to establish a coalition with the Kadima party, led by Tzipi Livni, Kadima announced that it would prefer to remain in opposition to a Netanyahu cabinet.

In the recent Israeli parliamentary elections, Kadima won 28 seats, Likud won 27, the Yisrael Beiteinu party, led by hardliner Avigdor Lieberman, got 15 seats, and Ehud Barak’s Labor party won 13 of the 120 seats in the Knesset.

The Likud party’s plan to form a coalition with the small hardline right-wing parties, with the powerful Kadima and Labor parties in opposition, will produce a weak cabinet that will probably collapse after a short time in office.

If Netanyahu, who has repeatedly declared his opposition to the peace process, succeeds in forming a cabinet, that government will not be able to realize any significant internal, regional, or international achievements, and Israel will become even more isolated.

And if Netanyahu plans to use aggressive methods to suppress the Palestinians, he will certainly fail miserably, since he is not more adept at using such means than Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni, or Ehud Barak.

In addition, Netanyahu has made it totally clear that he has no intention to halt the construction of new settlements in the West Bank. This will cause more confrontation because the international community does not approve of the construction of new settlements in the territories occupied in 1967.

With an extremist like Netanyahu at the helm, peace talks between Israel and the compromisers of the Palestinian Authority will definitely break down. But this will increase the popularity of the Palestinian resistance groups and unify them.

Peres made a serious mistake when he asked Netanyahu to try to form a government, and as a result, Israel will soon find itself in hot water.

* Published in Iran's TEHRAN TIMES on Feb. 23.

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