The deadlock in the race for prime minister between Israel's foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, and former-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could actually offer the current lame-duck government there an opportunity to strike "a real truce with Hamas."
That's the hope, at least, of Israeli journalist Joel Leyden, my guest today on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com.
Although her Kadima Party received one more Knesset seat than did Netanyahu's Likud, Livni cannot form a government without the blessing of President Shimon Peres. And Peres may give the nod to Likud to form a coalition because that party is already is gaining support from the right-wing and religious parties.
While this may all be confusing to those outside Israel, Leyden notes that the process there represents, "the only Middle East country with democracy."
In the long run, Leyden says, it may not be too important to the White House who prevails.
"Israel and the United States," he says, "are basically on the same page when it comes to regional security."
Still, news reports indicate that many Arabs are dubious that the kind of peace process President Obama seeks will be possible. Because any government formed in Israel will either be already right leaning, or have to encompass so many right wing parties as to stymie talks before they even get started.
On that score, many Israelis might agree. One caller from Israel suggested that so long as Hamas represents the Gaza there can be no two-state solution. Perhaps, he suggested, a three-state solution will emerge. Israel, Palestine and Gaza.