Few Palestinians had been hoping for much good news from the Israeli election and few believe the result will add any momentum to the stalled peace process, including the Palestinian’s Prime Minister Salam Fayyad;
“Regardless of the form of government that wiil emerge as a consequence of the elections that took place yesterday in Israel we have the same expectations that tangible steps have to be taken to end the occupation that began in 1967.” It appears a vain hope. In Gaza, Hamas’s view of the vote is even bleaker. It agrees that its bitterest opponents are now in the ascendency: “The victory of the right assures that the Zionists are heading towards more crimes and terror and not the belief in peace,” said a spokesperson. In Cairo, the head of the Arab League believes Israel is heading into a period of political uncertainty during which one thing should not be forgotten. Amr Moussa said: “The important thing that I would call for, if all parties on the right as on the left of centre would reiterate their position vis-a-vis the peace in the Middle East.” The West Bank Palestinians have been in talks with Israel for the past year but complain they have nothing to show for their efforts. Most say they expect even less from the new government.