Political crisis in Israel has little influence on peace process: Palestinian official (3)

11:22, January 18, 2011      

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Hani Habib, a Gaza-based political observer, told Xinhua that all indications show that the current political crisis in Israel " won't represent any danger to the coalition government headed by Netanyahu, which still has a majority in the coalition and gains the support of the parliament."

"The split in the Labor Party has been expected a long time ago, especially when Barak obliged his Labor Party to joining the coalition that Netanyahu formed. Barak justified joining Netanyahu 's government as to block any upcoming right-wing decisions," Habib said.

He said that Barak decided to quit his party to avoid the pressure to force him to quit the government, meanwhile, "his withdrawal would give power to Netanyahu, mainly in keeping the peace process stalled and keeping settlement construction going on. "

The direct Palestinian-Israeli peace talks were suspended in October last year, one month after it was launched in Washington. The talks were suspended after Netanyahu's government refused to extend a ten-month moratorium over freezing settlement construction in the Palestinian territories.

Source: Xinhua
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