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August 7, 2017 3:07 pm

Palestinian Authority Official Expresses Hope Mounting Legal Troubles Will Lead to Israeli PM’s Ouster; Netanyahu: It Won’t Happen

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s mounting legal troubles have become the center of attention in Israel, and now Palestinian officials are chiming in as well.

One unnamed senior Palestinian Authority official told the Hebrew news site nrg he was hopeful the ongoing corruption probes against Netanyahu would lead to the prime minister’s ouster from power.

“During the years of Netanyahu’s time as prime minister, there has been no progress in the diplomatic arena,” the official said. “We’ve seen only the expansion of settlements and a complete disregard for international decisions on their illegality.”

“Your police now say Netanyahu is corrupt and acting unlawfully — which means that now Israelis understand he is a criminal,” the official continued. “Netanyahu needs to end his role. We hope that whoever replaces him will bring about positive change.”

Netanyahu tweeted a terse response to the nrg report on Monday, writing simply, “Won’t happen.”

The nrg report also quoted Fatah official Ahmed Majdalani sounding a more detached tone.

“The matter of the Netanyahu investigations are an internal Israeli affair,” he said. “When the authorities decide to prosecute him, the Israeli Knesset will have to decide whether to dissolve his government or change its composition. This is an Israeli issue and we must not interfere in it.”

Haaretz on Monday cited associates of PA President Mahmoud Abbas as saying that the uncertainty regarding Netanyahu’s political future has made any potential bids to revive the long-stalled peace process “irrelevant.”

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