Do peace talks matter in this election?

The Palestinians, peace talks, and settlements seem to be almost entirely irrelevant to this election season.

Hatnua leader Tzipi Livni talks about negotiations with the Palestinians a lot. It’s become her calling card. And yet, it was jarring to read a press release that her spokesman sent this week, where she talked about “an immediate dialogue with the Palestinian Authority,” saying that “separation [from the Palestinians] is an Israeli interest.”

Livni’s comments – which were so characteristic for her, were still a shock to the system because, well, talks have been so low on the agenda for so long. Continue reading


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