Analysis After Israeli Elections, Palestinians Bracing for Illusion of Change

The Palestinian leadership expects Israel’s political shift to the center-left to increase international pressure for negotiations, while offering their people little in return.

The election results in Israel are already making things difficult for the Palestinian leadership. The relative failure of Benjamin Netanyahu and the portrayal of Yesh Atid’s success as an accomplishment for the center-left immediately encouraged Europe and the United States to ask the Palestinians to come back to the negotiating table with Israel. Palestinian Liberation Organization officials expect this...