» 09/18/2008, 00.00
Tzipi Livni’s victory and the Middle East’s shaky hopes for peace
Livni wins by a slim margin. Now she must build a coalition to form a new government taking into account her party’s internal divisions and those in the Palestinian camp.
Some hope for peace with the Palestinians as Olmert gets ready to bow out
Syria, the Palestinian National Authority and the United States hope the peace process will continue. Within Israel the race for Olmert’s succession is expected to be tough going.
Kadima to pick Olmert’s successor
Polling stations will be open till this evening. The fight for the top job in the centrist party is largely limited to two candidates, Tzipi Livni and Shaul Mofaz. The former however is ahead in the polls but will need at least 40 per cent to avoid a runoff.
Israel getting ready for early elections
Olmert is expected to quit. Surveys favour Likud and Netanyahu, who might bring talks with Syria to a dead halt because he is against giving back the Golan Heights.
Israel must now choose between democracy and extremism, Palestinians say
For Bernard Sabella, Christian lawmaker for Fatah, Israel faces a crucial choice: work for a two-state solution or for the ascendancy of only one. Disillusionment in the future of the peace process comes after years of little progress. For Hamas election results represent the victory of “a culture of terrorism.” Palestinian National Authority will have the same “expectations of the international community.”
21/09/2009 ISRAEL – PALESTINE – US
Few expect much from meeting between Obama, Netanyahu and Abbas
The White House cautions against expecting too much, speaks of an opportunity to bring the three leaders together. For Israelis, it is a “photo opportunity”; for the Palestinians it is a way to show the Americans who is blocking the peace process.
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