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Netanyahu's Main Electoral Rival Calls for Abandoning Control Over Palestinians

Netanyahu's Main Electoral Rival Calls for Abandoning Control Over Palestinians

He has accused Sa'ar of working on a plan to unseat him as prime minister, assuming the Likud would prevail in the April ballot. Any recommendations it might contain to hand over territory to the Palestinians - and how Israelis respond - could affect the composition of Israel's next coalition government.

According to the report in the Times of Israel, the poll by the Kan public broadcaster showed Gantz's party collecting 28 seats in the Knesset if Ashkenazi joins, compared to 22 seats without him. The proposed handover to Abbas' regime of security control over the entire West Bank-which by most accounts would necessitate removing tens of thousands of Israelis living therein-is even more divisive, with many arguing this would result in a Hamas takeover of areas adjacent to critical Israeli infrastructure and major population centers.

Benny Gantz, a popular ex-general whose new Resilience party is gaining ground against Likud with as many as 24 projected seats, stepped into the settlements minefield on Wednesday. Ex-general Benny Gantz, discussing accommodation with the Palestinians, told an Israeli newspaper he opposed dominating another people and suggested Israel might repeat its 2005 removal of Gaza settlers.

Gantz described the Gaza withdrawal as well executed, telling Yedioth: "We need to take the lessons and apply them elsewhere".

In the interview, Mr Gantz was asked whether he favoured another unilateral move similar to the Gaza pullout, which is widely seen as a failure in Israel. The right-wing party also accuses Gantz of attempting to create a left government with the participation of Israeli Arabs.

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The Trump administration has wavered over whether it would endorse a Palestinian state, saying the final outcome will be up to the sides to determine, but both may need to compromise.

With both a general election and the unveiling of a USA peace initiative on the horizon, the centrist candidate, Benny Gantz, has been signaling an openness to territorial compromise in the occupied West Bank.

"These ideals and values are the way to achieve peace", said Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has boycotted the Trump administration since December 2017 over its perceived pro-Israel leanings.

"It's encouraging, if he succeeds and he sticks to this opinion", Abu Rudeineh said.

All Israeli settlements are considered illegal under global law but Israel draws a distinction between those it sanctions and those it does not.


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