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Ramallah-based Fatah leader and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Mahmoud Abbas still leads the faltering Palestinian Authority "unity government," which includes Gaza's ruling Hamas terrorist organization.

Palestinian Authority leaders bitterly issued a statement that smacked of sour grapes Wednesday, denouncing Israeli voters for choosing to re-elect Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu as prime minister on Tuesday.

Senior official Yasser Abed Rabbo, speaking for the PA’s parent organization, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said, “Israel chose the path of racism, occupation and settlement building, and did not choose the path of negotiations and partnership between us.”

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Entirely forgotten were the 10 months in which hundreds of thousands of Israelis could not repair even a balcony if they lived in Judea, Samaria or areas of Jerusalem desired by the PA, due to a construction freeze imposed by Netanyahu in deference to a PA precondition for talks.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesperson for PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, told the Ma’an news agency the PA is not concerned with who forms the new government, but rather with whether that government recognizes the PA’s right to an independent sovereign state – with part of Jerusalem serving as its capital.

Rudeineh said the PA would continue to work with any Israeli government that recognizes “legitimate international resolutions” but said if Israel is not committed to a two-state solution, there would be no chance to resume the peace process.

Former chief PA negotiator Saeb Erekat said in a statement that the Likud victory reflected “the success of a campaign based on settlements, racism, apartheid and the denial of the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people.”

However, a Gulf Arab official who declined to be named told Reuters that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu actually owed his victory at the polls to Israeli concerns over security, particularly with regard to worries about Iran.

“With Iran emerging again, it was highly expected that Netanyahu would win,” the official said. “He’s a man who believes strongly in protecting his people, and this is what Israel wants now.”

Iran, however, believes there is “no difference” between Israel’s political parties. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Marizeh Afkham was quoted by the Mehr news agency Wednesday in Tehran as saying, “For us there is no difference between the Zionist regime’s political parties. They are all aggressors in nature.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declined to comment on the results of the election when asked by reporters during a break in talks with Iran in Lausanne, Switzerland. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said Tuesday night, however, the U.S. was “looking forward to working with the next Israeli government.”

Late Tuesday night White House press secretary Josh Earnest also said that President Barack Obama was “confident that strong U.S.-Israeli ties will endure far beyond the Israeli elections regardless of the victor.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

50 COMMENTS

  1. “Israel chose the path of racism, occupation and settlement building, and did not choose the path of negotiations and partnership between us.” – You bet.. that's what they chose, except maybe for the racism part which this terrorist threw in there just for spite. Yes, G-d willing, more "occupation" (he meant to say "liberation" – semantics) and more building in all of Eretz Yisroel.

  2. There are are few sour grapes in America – maybe with some left extremists. Unlike the extreme right, we can accept the outcome and make the best of it. It’s up to Israel who is their leader and we have to honor that even if we don’t agree. Israel should have no say in who the US chooses, either. Don’t exaggerate with “sour grapes” thing. it only creates more divisiveness. Because someone doesn’t agree with you doesn’t mean they’re against you or that there is “sour grapes” mentality.

  3. go get lost you piece of . Living free is over. first there is palastinian people and there will never be. and no 2 state. its time for you to get your sorry ass and the rest of the sewer rats out Israel . move to iraq lots of land there. furthermore time to pay up $800 million you owe Israel.

  4. I agree 100%. However, neither do I like to be lumped in with an evil administration and their deception and my voice be silenced. The media in this country always voices their liberal opinion while christians and conservatives aren’t aloud to speak theirs or there is some type of fight! I realize all Americans do not support Israel. But Eileen, the truth is, the voice of the majority seems to most often be overridden by the minority. It’s time for that to change. I’m not looking for argument. This is my observation of the culture in our nation. I’m aware that you may not like my response and that’s completely fine. It wouldn’t be the first time

  5. Never Never become partners with those who wish to annihilate you… amazed by the complete lack of understanding of some of our people to believe that those that have sent countless rockets to kill us now wish to support us in a government they would influence to their own benefit.

  6. In a Democracy everyone is entitled to their opinion. As was just shown in Israel. Israelis DO NOT have any ill will towards Americans or America, most Israelis do wonder why the current administration seems to be so critical of Israel. We live in a tough neighborhood and our concerns are what determines our actions.

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