Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority government Mohammad Ishtaye said Tuesday that the Palestinians are closely watching the failure of Israel to form a new government.
Ishtaye told reporters during a tour in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem “in the other side (Israel) is stumbling without a government, and we are watching and following every detail.”
“We are so glad that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had left the political scene,” said Ishtaye, clarifying that “this doesn’t mean that we will be happy for who will be his successor.”
He went on saying that “There is no difference between Netanyahu and his competitor Benny Gantz,” adding “they are exactly like Coca-cola and Pepsi Cola.”
“We are in favor of the one who makes difference in stopping settlement, recognize the Palestinian people’s self-determination, counting on the two state solution on 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as a capital for the Palestinian state,” he said.
Ishtaye also said that the Palestinian side “doesn’t count so much on what is going on there (in Israel) whether Bibi (Netanyahu) comes or goes and (Benny) Gantz comes or goes.”
The Palestinian Prime Minister’s comment to the situation in Israel is the first official Palestinian reaction to re-designating Netanyahu to form a new government, who failed to and then designating Gantz to form a government.