Palestinians: No better future with neither Livni nor Netanyahu

Palestinians see no better future with next Israeli PM whoever Kadima leader Livni or Likud's Netanyahu as both claimed victory.

Palestinians: No better future with neither Livni nor Netanyahu

Palestinians see no better future with next Israeli PM whoever Kadima leader Livni or Likud's Natenyahu as both claimed victory after election results.

"I am not optimistic about the next Israeli prime minister. They have different faces but the same policy. Livni or Netanyahu or Barak -- who would think of giving Palestinians their land back?" said Osman al-Natsheh, shopowner in Hebron.

Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party and Tzipi Livni's centrist Kadima party both claimed victory late on Tuesday night, so it was not clear who would be prime minister.

But right wing parties secured a majority, including Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu party which surged into third place on anti-Arab rhetoric. Ehud Barak's centre-left Labour party appeared to have made its poorest showing ever.

Israeli media reported that assasination of Hamas leader was used as election campaign during preparations of polls.

Hamas is the ruler of the Gaza Strip which rejects to recognise Israel as a state and says it occupied the Palestinian own territory, killing and driving millions since 1948.
"Israelis voted for the right and against peace. We will not see progress in the peace process in the coming years," said office employee Ali Zaidan in Ramallah, the seat of parliamentary in the West Bank.

"We expect nothing from them because we are still divided," said decorator Abu Ali Shaaban in Gaza, where Israel has maintained a heavy blockade on movement of people and humanitarian supplies, including cash for workers and employers, since 2007.

No alone government

Livni's Kadima Party won 28 seats, just one more than Netanyahu's Likud, in Tuesday's election for the 120-member parliament, according to nearly complete results. With neither party winning a clear majority, neither can govern alone.

The results set the stage for what could be weeks of coalition negotiations. The first began Wednesday, with Netanyahu meeting the head of the ultra-Orthodox Shas faction.
Meanwhile ultranationalist Avigdor Lieberman said that his party was the key for any coalition, whose rightist Yisrael Beiteinu gained four seats in the election to hold 15.

Lieberman says he wants to redraw Israel's borders in order to push out heavily Arab areas and require those who remain to sign a loyalty oath or lose the right to vote or run for office as Livni supported strongly the last Israeli assault on Gaza.

Israel launched on Dec. 27 a massive offensive in Gaza, killing more than 1300 Palestinians, a third of them children, and wounded at least 5300.

Israel targeted hospitals, schools, mosques and government buildings and destroyed infrastructure system in Gaza, lefting Palestinians without electricity, gas and power.
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Sahar al-Shabani, a student at Hebron University in the West Bank, said a government led by Livni might be better for Palestinians and the peace process, although Livni was a strong supporter of the Gaza war.

"As a Palestinian I look on Livni as a killer," she said. "But as a student, caring about who the next prime minister is, I would look to her as a leader who is capable of negotiating with the Palestinians."

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