Forward in Israel?

Can the newly elected Kadima party bring peace?

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wasn't shy about his preference in last week's Israeli election: Ariel Sharon's heir Ehud Olmert and his centrist Kadima party. Kadima did win, but barely, capturing 29 of the 120 Knesset seats. "I wish Olmert had more seats," Abbas sadly told his aides. "Now he can't give us anything."

Olmert no doubt wishes he had more seats too. Kadima's victory shows that a plurality of Israelis are apparently ready to sacrifice the ancient dream of a Greater Israel--stretching from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River--for peace with a Palestinian state. But with his party far from...

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