Israel's Hard-Line Shift

Voters in Tuesday's elections boosted the strength of parties skeptical of or opposed to peace talks with the Palestinians. Led by Likud, parties on the right of Israel's political spectrum are expected to receive 65 seats in the next session of Israel's 120-seat parliament, or Knesset, up from 50 in the last session. Parties in favor of such talks, led by Kadima, are expected to receive 44, well shy of a majority of 61.

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