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Abbas: Ascent in Right doesn’t worry us

Posted by Andrea Pompozzi su 11 febbraio, 2009

Feb. 11, 2009
ap and jpost.com staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

In the wake of Tuesday’s Knesset elections, Arab countries around the world made comments indicating they saw little hope for peace from whatever government emerged from the inconclusive elections, and some expressed fears over the rising power of Israel’s Right.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, however, said that the increased power of the Right was not a concern.

“The ascent of the Israeli Right does not worry us,” he was quoted by Italian newspaper La Repubblica as saying on Wednesday.

He went on to say that regardless of who leads the next government, it would be “responsible” and “pragmatic.”

Others in the region, however, said Wednesday that the prospect of a right-wing government in Israel meant that any progress in the negotiations would now rely even more on pressure from US President Barack Obama.

“Everybody knows that peace is in the hands of the Americans, and that the US is capable of practicing pressures on any given government,” said Saudi analyst Anwar Eshki, head of the Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal Studies in Jeddah.

“Obama promised to achieve peace and he is the one who chose Palestinian file to be at the top of his foreign policy agenda,” he said.

Newspapers across the Middle East decried the rise of Avigdor Lieberman’s Israel Beiteinu party, denouncing Lieberman as racist and a sign of growing extremism in Israel.

“The Israelis are electing war and extremism,” the Syrian government-run Al-Thawra newspaper said. “It’s the same no matter from which trend the government comes. There is one trend in Israel; so long as the Israeli street is extremist and racist, the (Israeli) government would be like it.”

In Iran, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Qashqavi called it “regretful” that all sides tried to appeal to the right wing in their election campaigns.

“Each party tried to show a more brutal, aggressive and pro-occupation face toward Palestinians,” Qashqavi said. He added, however, that Teheran had no official stance on Israel’s election since it does not recognize the country.

Arabs see somewhat better hopes for peace negotiations under Kadima leader and Foreign Minister Livni. But several political analysts said any government she forms will likely rely on far-right parties or be too weak to make decisive moves in the peace process.

“The only difference between a right-wing and center-leaning government in Israel is that with Livni, it will be possible to market the illusion of the existence of a peace process for another year or two,” said Oraib al-Rentawi, head of the Al Quds Center for Political Studies, a private think tank based in Jordan. “But with [Likud leader Binyamin] Netanyahu’s government, the mission will be far more difficult.”

Former Egyptian ambassador to Israel Mohammed Bassiouni was optimistic despite his anticipation that Netanyahu would be named prime minister. It all depends upon the other partners in the coalition, he said.

“If he forged coalition with extremists of right-wing parties, peace will return to square zero,” Bassiouni told The Associated Press. “But if he formed a national unity government, where Kadima, Labor and even Israel Beiteinu are represented, there is actually a chance to move forward.”




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