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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.
SOURCE: | The Washington Post - February 12, 2009
Netanyahu, Livni Start to Build Competing Coalitions in Israel Article | JERUSALEM, Feb. 11 -- Opposition candidate Binyamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni began what could be an intense and prolonged campaign to woo smaller parties Wednesday, as each tries to build a coalition government after voters split over who should lead Israel.