Following the re-election of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority (PA) leaders say they will press ahead with moves to isolate, embarrass, and prosecute Israel in international arenas, as well as begin to implement a more aggressive approach from decades-old security cooperation with Israel in the West Bank, the Washington Post website reports today (March 21, 2015).
Palestinian officials -- who have spent many years negotiating with Israeli counterparts in fruitless U.S.-led negotiations -- said this week that they were not surprised by Netanyahu's vow, on the eve of his electoral victory, that he would never agree to the creation of an independent Palestinian nation as long as he is Israel's prime minister. The officials assert that the Israeli leader, in fact, finally revealed his true face to the world.
The Palestinians have also dismissed Netanyahu's attempt to backtrack and explain his earlier remarks, by telling the U.S. press after the election that he did not completely reject the creation of a Palestinian state.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas -- speaking to the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) executive committee on March 19 -- said that if Netanyahu's pre-election comments are sincere, "It means that the Israeli government has no serious intentions to reach a peace agreement that will create two states based on the 1967 borders."