Israel may turn to right as coalition talks crumble

Dandelion Salad

By Dion Nissenbaum
McClatchy Newspapers
10/24/2008

JERUSALEM — Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni’s hopes of becoming the second woman to lead her nation suffered a serious setback on Friday when a critical political partner refused to join her in a new ruling coalition.

The ultra-Orthodox Shas party’s decision makes it more likely that Israel will have to hold snap elections, which could propel Likud party leader Benjamin Netanyahu back into power. Both Livni and the U.S.-educated Netanyahu have negotiated with the Palestinians, but Netanyahu is more hawkish, for example insisting that all of Jerusalem must remain in Israeli hands and calling for a preemptive attack to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

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