For Israel, annexation of the West Bank is a long-established goal By Jonathan Cook

16 June 2019 — Jonathan Cook

With Benjamin Netanyahu under pressure and the US signalling its support, the time to realise this catastrophic ambition may be fast approaching

The National – 16 June 2019

When Israeli prime ministers are in trouble, facing difficult elections or a corruption scandal, the temptation has typically been for them to unleash a military operation to bolster their standing. In recent years, Gaza has served as a favourite punching bag.

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Netanyahu reigns supreme, and all opposition has been crushed By Jonathan Cook

10 April 2019 — Jonathan Cook

A tied election can’t mask the fact that Israel has shifted fundamentally to the right – and that Netanyahu is now firmly in the driving seat

Middle East Eye – 10 April 2019

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party emerged from Tuesday’s Israeli election tied with the Blue and White party, led by Benny Gantz and other high-powered generals. Although each party has 35 seats in the 120-seat parliament, Netanyahu is now firmly in the driving seat.

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Desperate Netanyahu openly embraces Jewish extremists

11 March 2019 — Jonathan Cook

The decision to ally with the Jewish equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan lays bare where the Israeli right plans to head next

Middle East Eye – 11 March 2019

After a decade of coalition governments in Israel led by Benjamin Netanyahu, the language needed to describe them has necessarily grown more extreme.

At first, they were right-wing. Then ultra-nationalist. Recently, analysts have started to talk of Netanyahu leading a far-right coalition. Now it seems we may have to go further still.

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Palestinians in Israel face uncertain political future amid Joint List split By Jonathan Cook

25 January 2019 — Jonathan Cook

Analysts warn that breakup of faction risks Palestinian citizens of Israel staying home – bolstering the right in April’s ballot

Middle East Eye – 25 January 2019

A political coalition representing Israel’s Palestinian minority – currently the third biggest faction in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset – has been plunged into crisis by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to call for a surprise general election for April.

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