Israel is at a turning point after the country went to the polls in national elections on Tuesday.
According to early exit polls, Kadima has a slight lead over Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party and would get to form the next government.
According to these early projections, Kadima would have 30 seats in the new parliament; Likud 28; the ultra-nationalist Israel Beiteinu Party 15 seats, followed by Labor with 13 and the religious Shas party with 10.
Alon Ben-Meir, an expert on Middle East politics at New York University’s School of Global Affairs, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the results of the elections and what they would mean for Israel’s relations with its Arab neighbors and for the Obama administration’s efforts to negotiate a peace deal for the region.
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