PLO Central Committee member Mustafa Barghouti says the aspiration of “all of us” at the Palestinian Authority is that Prime Minister “Benjamin Netanyahu will fall and his rule come to an end.”
However, Barghouti adds in an interview with news website NRG, “We unfortunately cannot see much difference between Netanyahu’s Likud and [Isaac] Herzog and [Tzipi] Livni when it comes to the Palestinian issue.”
Barghouti explains that Netanyahu’s era “was the blackest of all for Palestinians” and therefore he would like to see him fail.
Barghouti finds one positive point in the elections: the establishment of the Joint (Arab) List. “This is a great thing and it strengthens the ties between Palestinians in the West Bank and inside Israel. It’s a great thing that they succeeded in uniting despite the different ideologies each party holds. We see this union as a historical step for the Palestinians inside Israel and perhaps it will help them get their rights.”