Israel’s Kadima party – led by Tzipi Livni – looks like it has pulled off a dramatic win in the election.
Netenyahu’s Likud party seems to have 26 seats, with Kadima on 28. All through the campaign, far-right ex-Prime Minister Netenyahu was ahead in the polls. He has promised to “kick Hamas out of Gaza” and never return the Golan to Syria.
Although if Livni does win, is there much hope for the region? It was her “centrist” party which killed 1300 Palestinians in a war on Gaza last month, which was condemned by almost the entire world.
She has also threat not to renew peace-talks with Syria. Although if she wins, it is almost certain those talks would resume fairly quickly, now that Obama seems keen on a Syria deal.
The estimates come from exit polls, which can be fairly inaccurate. A better picture should emerge later tonight.