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  • The Israeli Elections: A Shift to the Right

    Israel’s elections yesterday sent a mixed message. On the one hand the centrist Kadima party managed to squeak by with a narrow victory over the conservative Likud party by winning 28 seats to Likud’s 27 seats in Israel’s 120 seat parliament. On the other hand, the Israeli electorate shifted to the right, with the Likud-led nationalist camp increasing its strength to 65 seats from 50 and Kadima and left wing parties collectively falling to 55 seats from 70.

    This will make it difficult for Tzipi Livni, the Kadima leader, to cobble together a stable coalition government. Indeed, she failed to do that last fall, even though her party was then in a better position to do so.

    Israeli voters moved to the right and have become more skeptical of peace negotiations since the fighting in Gaza last month. After the bitter experience of unilaterally withdrawing from Gaza in 2005, only to see Hamas turn that territory into a fortified base for launching rocket attacks against civilians, few Israelis believe that peace is possible anytime soon.

    Indeed peace is impossible as long as Hamas holds Gaza hostage and ruthlessly seeks to advance its goal of destroying Israel and replacing it with a radical Islamist state. The Israeli election results are a blinking yellow light that should warn the Obama Administration against recklessly pushing forward peace negotiations that have no chance of succeeding until Hamas has been defeated and discredited.

    See: End Hamas Hostage Strategy to Bring Peace to Gaza

    Posted in International [slideshow_deploy]

    5 Responses to The Israeli Elections: A Shift to the Right

    1. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      I hope Benjamin Netanyahu becomes the PM of Israel. That should prove interesting in dealing with the white-flag waving and terrorist-appeasing Obama administration. I hope Israeli PM flatly states that as long as rockets are being fired from Gaza Israel will not sit down for any negotiation with Hamas. Hamas must be destroyed even if it takes the whole Gaza to become a wasteland. We all know who is arming the Hamas- the "venerable" Iran in the eyes of Obama.

    2. earl, houston, texas says:

      Thank the powers that be that the Israels have had enough of the ridiculous so called negotiations that the previous administration has seen fit to explore. There are no negotiations with savages that can hold any hope for peace. I hope our new president has the foresight to see

      this before any more mistakes are made……

    3. Idarae Stockton, CA says:

      I would not put to much trust in Obama, my Bible tells me of a man who will be the Anti-Christ and Obama fits the bill down to being a Jew, from the tribe of Dan and his wife is from the tribe of Judah.He has mezemorized many people to get elected.Right now he is doing somethings that have many of us to completely distrust him. If he gets a 7 year peace agreement signed then you will know for sure, Just remember God is in controll

    4. Murph, Tennessee says:

      I'm glad Benjamin Netanyahu is Israel's pick because he understands that "great danger lies in the notion that we can reason with evil."

    5. bill corinth,maine says:

      Could Idarae from Stockton explain President Obama's Jewish roots, from the tribe of Dan; and his wife's roots from the tribe of Judah.And can you point me to the verses that indicate this.

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