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Mideast peace on hold until US election

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Mideast peace on hold until US election

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Despite the enforced hiatus of the American election, and the uncertainty surrounding its own political future, Israel is continuing to talk about peace and prisoners.

Egypt is Israel’s oldest Arab partner, and President Shimon Peres made yet another high-profile visit. It was just the latest in a series of meetings about the peace process, which in reality is on hold until the identity of the next US President is known.

Top of the Israeli agenda remains the release of captured soldier Gilad Shalit, who was seized in Gaza two years ago. Hamas wants Israel to release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for his freedom.

The whole process is in limbo, not least until Prime Minister-elect Tzipi Livni can piece together a working government. She has set a deadline of the end of this weekend for negotiations. If she fails, elections loom, which the polls say the right-wing Likud would win.