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Palestinians unenthused by Israeli election results

PA negotiator Saeb Erekat doesn't believe next government will be committed to two-state solution

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Saeb Erekat speaks during a news conference in Ramallah in the West Bank on January 2, 2012. (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/ FLASH90)
Saeb Erekat speaks during a news conference in Ramallah in the West Bank on January 2, 2012. (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/ FLASH90)

With Benjamin Netanyahu emerging as the narrow winner of the Israeli elections, the leader of the Palestinian negotiating team on Wednesday said that he doesn’t believe the next government will offer any dramatic moves toward a two-state solution.

In an interview with AFP, Saeb Erekat gave a bleak response to the results.

The elections are an internal Israeli matter, Erekat said, noting that the Palestinians would welcome any government that believes in peace and a Palestinian state as a solution to the conflict.

Erekat predicted that the character of the Israeli government wouldn’t change dramatically. The Palestinians, he said, were waiting for a new government that wants peace and is prepared to start negotiations to remove settlements, release Palestinian prisoners and implement a two-state solution.

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