Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Peace Could Be The Loser In Israeli Elections

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's parties are both claiming victory in yesterday's Israeli elections. But with Livni's centrist Kadimah Party securing just one more seat than Netanyahu's Likud, there are insufficient votes for either side to claim the prime minister's office and form a government.

This means both are now courting minority party support. And that means acquiescing to their demands that they take a hard-line approach toward the Gaza.

Whether Netanyahu or Livini eventually emerge victorious (and it's possible neither will, forcing them to create a coalition government) the outcome could throw cold water on President Obama's stated goal of making peace in the Middle East an early priority of his administration.

The prospect for peace in the wake of the indecisive election will be the topic of today's News Talk Online on at 5 PM New York time. CLICK HERE to join the conversation.

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