Israeli elections

Peres will ask Netanyahu to form government.  It’s still unclear what this government will look like.  But none of the remaining options look good for moderates.  Recent announcements from the IAEA on Iran make this all more worrisome.  Israel

Conservative opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday moved closer to winning the Israeli prime minister’s post, gaining the endorsement of ultranationalist politician Avigdor Lieberman in a development likely to slow any movement toward a peace settlement with the Palestinians.

Lieberman, having assumed a kingmaker’s role thanks to his party’s third-place finish in recent parliamentary elections, threw his support behind Netanyahu after meeting with President Shimon Peres, who ultimately must decide whether to ask Netanyahu or moderate Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to form a governing coalition.   more here

From Haaretz:

Netanyahu to rivals: Time to unite for Israel’s sake

ANALYSIS / Netanyahu’s victory is starting to turn sour

 

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