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Israelis Expected to Give Nod to Olmert

Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has laid out the choice in stark terms: a vote for his Kadima Party in Tuesday’s election is a vote for an Israeli pullback from much of the West Bank. Barring an unexpected right-wing surge, Israelis will give a green light to that idea in a watershed election that looks set to lead the Jewish state toward separation from most Palestinians after 39 years of occupation. But the vote is more than a referendum on withdrawal. The makeup of the next Knesset will largely determine the shape of Israel’s final borders — and the degree to which they will cut into the territory wanted by Palestinians for a future state. Full Story

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