Arab People's Approach to Israeli Policies toward Palestinians: A Twitter Analysis Study on Sheikh Jarrah Crisis

Israeli politics has been undergoing significant difficulties for more than two years. The Israelis went to the polls on March 23, 2021 for the fourth early elections in the last two years. The previous elections were postponed due to the problems experienced in forming a government under the leadership of Netanyahu and were held on 9 April 2019, 17 September 2019 and 2 March 2020. This situation is related to the structure of the Israeli electoral system and its electorate profile, as well as to the policies implemented by the Netanyahu government.

The election of Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu as the country’s prime minister in 2009 was one of the important turning points in the Israeli-Palestinian issue. He has been elected as the Prime Minister of Israel many times, remaining in office for the past twelve years. This situation caused Netanyahu to consolidate his power in the political structure of the country. Netanyahu is the second most supported political leader in Israel after David Ben-Gurion, which was the primary national founder of Israel and the first prime minister of country. His supporters considered Netanyahu as the only leader, among the current candidates in Israeli politics, with the ability to ensure Israel's security and to best defend the country in a hostile neighborhood. This support has meant increasingly difficult conditions for Palestinians to survive during Netanyahu’s terms.