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Kadima "Wins" Israel Elections, Exit Polls Show

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George Whitten, Worthy News Jerusalem Bureau Chief

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Tzipi Livni set to become Israel's prime minister, exit polls show

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL (Worthy News) -- Israeli Foreign Minister looked set to become Israel's second female prime minister as her centrist Kadima party won Tuesday's parliamentary election, exit polls showed.

Her Kadima won 29-30 seats, Likud 27-28, Yisrael Beiteinu 14-15 and Labour 13, the exit polls said.

The elections were overshadowed by concerns over Israel's security, following a three week war with the militant group Hamas in Gaza, that apparently boosted the popularity of her party.

Livni already is the most powerful woman in Israel, having served as foreign minister since 2006 and as Israel's lead negotiator in peace talks with the Palestinians, observers said.

"MRS CLEAN"

The 50-year-old Kadima leader has earned a public reputation as "Mrs. Clean," because she has not been touched by corruption scandals involving her colleagues.

Yet she still will have to assemble a coalition government of a majority of the 120 Knesset seats and present her government to the President of Israel.  And, at any given time, a no-confidence vote can be taken, which has brought down previous governments at a time of mounting tensions in Israel over its place and future direction in the volatile Middle East.

If  the coalition fails to muster 61 votes, the government collapses and elections are held once again.  In the last eight election cycles, only one of the coalition governments survived the entire 4 year term for its government.

However analysts say, Livni has some leverage, as she is already the most powerful woman in Israel, having served as foreign minister since 2006 and as Israel's lead negotiator in peace talks with the Palestinians.

RECENT OFFENSIVE

Livni helped approve Israel's recent offensive against Hamas militants who control the Gaza Strip. She said Israel must weaken Hamas to deter future rocket attacks by Gaza militants.

Livni has also made clear that Israel and its main ally, the United States, share a common interest in working toward a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Before entering politics, she worked as an Israeli spy and at a private law firm. Livni's critics say she lacks experience in security issues. She disagrees, pointing out that under the tutelage of former prime minister Ariel Sharon, she became convinced that the only way to preserve Israel as a Jewish state was to relinquish at least some of the land it took in the 1967 war.

She was among the first ministers to join Sharon in breaking with Likud in 2005 to found Kadima, a party established on the idea of unilateral withdrawal from parts of the occupied territories.

Livni was born in Tel Aviv on July 8, 1958. She gained a law degree from Bar-Ilan University and specialised in commercial, constitutional and property law in a private firm for 10 years before entering public life. (With reporting by Worthy News' Stefan J. Bos)

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4 thoughts on “Kadima "Wins" Israel Elections, Exit Polls Show

  1. "she became convinced that the only way to preserve Israel as a Jewish state was to relinquish at least some of the land it took in the 1967 war"

    Oh No!

    "I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land." Joel 3:2

    >>>>>()<<<<<

    For Zion's Sake

    Behold! Thy Salvation Cometh

    "For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth."

    "And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name."

    "Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God."

    "Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married."

    "For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee."

    "I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,"

    "And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth."

    "The LORD hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured:"

    "But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the LORD; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness."

    "Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people."

    "Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him."

    "And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken."

    Isaiah 62

    Hallelujah!

  2. sHE HAS NO RIGHT TO GIVE ANY ISRAEL LAND AWAY IT BELONGS TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE NOT THE MUSLIMS GOD GAVE THAT LAND TO ISRAEL. I pray to god that she does not get in they still have to count the votes from people out of the country. the only reason she did that war was to get more votes because she new she was not that popular. people she will give away your land because she does not want to upset the american government , wake up people she is listening to the american government not the people of Israel and believe me the american government only wants a name for themselves, that they can claim they are the ones that brought peace to Israel

  3. THE ONLY ONE THAT SHOULD BE IN OFFICE IS BENJAMIN NETANYAHU HE CARES FOR ISRAEL AND IS NOT AFRAID TO STAND UP TO ANY COUNTRY THAT IS PUSHING TO GIVE LAND AWAY THAT BELONGS TO ISRAEL . HE STANDS UP FOR HIS PEOPLE AND COUNTRY . LIVNI DOES NOT SHE IS AMERICA'S PUPPET

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