Professor Krauss Analyzes Israel's Parliamentary Elections

Professor Michael Krauss has written a lengthy analysis of Israeli parliamentary elections which took place on March 28, in a piece he co-authored with J. Peter Pham, director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University.

This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land. In: TCSDaily, April 20, 2006. By Michael I. Krauss and J. Peter Pham.

Talks between political parties are ongoing, but a plurality of Israeli voters has apparently signaled its preference for a moderate center-left coalition led by Ehud Olmert, who led Ariel Sharon's newly-formed Kadima Party to its historic victory on a platform advocating a unilateral setting of Israel's borders. As usual, no single party won an outright majority in the Knesset. But a majority of voters -- for the first time since Judea and Samaria (the "West Bank") came under Israeli rule in 1967 -- has supported parties willing to give up more than 90 percent of these biblically Hebrew lands.

Recognizing the significance of the Israeli endorsement of what had long been unthinkable, the Bush administration has indicated that -- while a negotiated deal with the Palestinian Authority is preferable -- Washington is open to supporting Israel's unilateral drawing of its borders to include some territory captured in 1967. The flexibility expressed by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice in her comments to reporters before she left on her recent tour of Europe and the Middle East, however, is unlikely to get traction among the other members of the "Quartet," i.e. the United Nations, the European Union, and Russia. 
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