Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, won the Likud Party elections with 75% of the total votes. Party elections were held Tuesday, shortly after the Netanyahu led government approved further incentives for Israelis encouraging them to live in settlements in the occupied territories. His re-election to the party leadership was achieved while a number of his rivals, mainly ultra-nationalist Likud members described his politics as soft, especially when it comes to talks with the Palestinians.

In what appears to be a clear attempt to appease the settlers, Netanyahu recently approved new housing subsidies encouraging Israelis to buy homes in West Bank settlements.

The Palestinian Authority quit talks with Israel due to its ongoing violations, invasions and attacks, and due to the Netanyahu led government’s ongoing illegal settlement activities.