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By Request: Israeli Election

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A bunch of folks asking about this. It seems the centrist Kadima Party will narrowly beat the right-wing Likud. But the broader right-wing bloc of Likud plus far-right Yisrael Beitenu and National Union looks set to have more seats than the center and left.

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Consequently, it’s very hard to tell what will actually happen in terms of formation of a government. Tradition dictates that President Shimon Peres should give the opportunity to form a coalition to Kadima’s Tzipi Livni but putting a majority together would probably require her to somehow peel off a party of the right. In that case, you’d have a coalition whose main leaders are open to a peace deal but who couldn’t possibly make any such deal without collapsing the coalition. Alternatively, you could have a right/far-right alliance whose leadership would be opposed to dealmaking. Basically, the Palestinians will find that they’re without a serious partner for peace. Just as the Israelis have been complaining, leaders will either be too weak to make peace or else too opposed to peace to bargain with.

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