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Ramallah says Netanyahu departure ends ‘one of worst periods’ of conflict

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh during a press conference at the Foreign Press Association in the West Bank city of Ramallah, June 9, 2020. (Abbas Momani/Pool Photo via AP)
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh during a press conference at the Foreign Press Association in the West Bank city of Ramallah, June 9, 2020. (Abbas Momani/Pool Photo via AP)

Benjamin Netanyahu’s ousting as prime minister closes the chapter on one of the “worst periods” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh says.

“The departure of the Israeli prime minister after 12 years in power marks the end of one of the worst periods in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Shtayyeh says ahead of the Palestinian Authority’s weekly cabinet meeting.

But Shtayyeh also says he is under no illusions about the new government or its likelihood of advancing a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

“We do not see this new government as any less bad than the previous one, and we condemn the announcements of the new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in support of Israeli settlements,” the Palestinian premier says.

“The new government has no future if it does not take into consideration the future of the Palestinian people and their legitimate rights,” Shtayyeh adds.

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