Israel held elections for a new leader of the ruling Kadima Party yesterday, the first step in a long path that could eventually lead to a new prime minister. Tzipi Livni, a foreign minister, won by a narrow margin of about 1 percent over her main contender, Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz. If she becomes prime minister, she will be Israel’s first female prime minister in 34 years.
“Yael K” liveblogged about the elections, including several disturbances and the closing of a polling station in Rahat.
“Sabbah Blog” provides a briefing on the election and the candidates and assesses the effect of the elections on the prospect for peace.
“Foreign Policy Watch” considers Livni’s relationship with political groups in Israel.
“The Agonist” favors Tzipi Livni and muses about future relations between the United States and Israel given the changing leadership of both nations.
Joshua Landis discusses Israel’s relationship with Syria and the United States, and Shmuel Rosner calls Livni “Israel’s Obama.”
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, plagued by corruption scandals, promised to resign as soon as a successor was chosen, but now may not leave until October.