Does Mideast Peace Depend On Outcome Of Israeli Election?
Benjamin Netanyahu has been wanting back in power ever since his last tour of prime minister. He belives his hardline views are best for the security of Israel. But Foreign Ministe Tzipi Livnin of the Kadima Party is closing the gap at the last minute, and the long-predicted decisive victory for Bibi seems in doubt. But with hardliners likely to be elected to parliament, Livni might have trouble putting together a coalition. But Livni would likely have a better working relationship with the Obama administration.
Netanyahu opposes ceding land to the Palestinians and favors allowing Israeli settlements in the West Bank to expand, two points that are likely to put him on a collision course with the new U.S. administration. Livni, who hopes to become the first woman to lead Israel in 35 years, has served as chief negotiator with the Palestinians and says a West Bank withdrawal is necessary for Israel’s own security.
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