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The return of Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu has diffused the right-wing element of his government by teaming up with Labor. But hopes for a two-state solution lie elsewhere

By Jo-Ann Mort   157

While February’s parliamentary elections in Israel signalled a move to the right by the Israeli population, the results have been tempered by the manoeuvring of incoming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. By persuading the severely weakened Labor party (they came in fourth behind Likud, the centrist Kadima party headed by Tzipi Livni, and by a Russian-émigré dominated right wing party, Israel Beitenu) to join his government, Netanyahu has taken the right-wing gloss off of his party. But whether there is anything beneath the sheen, and indeed whether there is any real hope for the middle east peace process, could depend on…

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