Friday September 13, 2019 02:13 AM Palestinians in the West Bank are unable to vote in Israeli elections next week and many expect little change Written by By JOSEPH KRAUSS and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH, Associated Press MAS’HA, West Bank (AP) — Barhoum Saleh’s town is surrounded by Jewish settlements, the sign above his roadside mechanic shop is in Hebrew, most of his customers are Israeli and he needs an Israeli permit to visit the beach a half hour’s drive away. But unlike his Jewish neighbors, he can’t vote in next week’s elections. Saleh is among the 2.5 million Palestinians in the West Bank who have no voice in choosing Israel’s next government and no control over whether it decides to annex part or all of the occupied territory, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to do . With the peace process having sputtered to a halt a decade ago, they also have little hope of getting a state of their own anytime soon. Saleh, who is not particularly political, just wishes it was easier to take his kids to the beach. Israelis who get their cars serviced at his shop describe their trips: one drove down to Egypt’s Sinai, another… Read full this story
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