Israelis are turning to the right wing to win over voters in the next elections, with the Israeli parliament having elected a new leader in a landslide.
The Israeli parliament has elected a right-leaning coalition government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has called for the establishment of a “state of emergency” and the return of Jewish settlers.
Netanyahu has also promised to impose new restrictions on movement in the occupied West Bank, as well as the Gaza Strip.
In a statement, the rightist party, Labor Party, said that its candidate, Naftali Bennett, is “a strong, conservative, and well-informed Zionist who has strong experience in the fields of international law and politics.
He has been in public life for nearly 10 years and has been a prominent figure in the Knesset for a long time.”
Bennett was recently named the new chairman of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), which is responsible for the fighting in the Gaza and the West Bank.
Bennett’s party also called for an end to the Israeli occupation of the West and Gaza Strip, and for the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in the OPT, where the UN has recognized them.
In recent months, Israeli police have launched raids in West Bank settlements, and settlers have attacked Palestinian children, including some children of Palestinian immigrants from Turkey, according to the New York Times.
Israeli Arabs have been increasingly protesting and blocking Israeli construction projects, including in the West.
“The Palestinian citizens of Israel, many of whom are Arab citizens, have a right to live, work, and play in their country without any interference,” said Tzipi Livni, an Israeli-Arab lawmaker.
“There is a Palestinian-Israeli unity and a right of return.
And so we want to see that right be recognized, that it be implemented in the real and complete way that it should be.”