The current electoral mess in Israel has made any thought of peace in the Middle East become a belief in fantasy. Palestinian haters like Avigdor Lieberman are trying to secure power positions in a coalition government while religious fanatics are using their electoral power to ensure no retreat from the West Bank. President Obama and European Union leaders quietly let it be known to Israel leaders the only way out of the electoral confusion was a unity government of Kadima and Likud with Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister and Tzipi Livni in a leading foreign policy role. Hopefully Labor would also be included in such a coalition, but the important factor is keeping out of government those who seek death and destruction not only for Palestinians but for the future of Israel.
If Lieberman gains power all hope for peace is gone, if religious fanatics gain power to block a reasonable resolution of the West Bank than all hope for peace is gone. Israel needs a strong dose of realism.