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What the candidates in Israel's elections say about the conflict
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Mar 14, 2019 5:32 PM 1+ week ago

For a long time, politicians perpetuated the idea that Israel sought peace and a two-state solution, even while taking contradictory steps on the ground. In these elections, that dissonance seems to be dwindling. A look at what each party is saying.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits a military drill in southern Israel, January 23, 2019. (Flash90)

The scramble to predict who might win the Israeli elections is understandable, but it begs a towering question: Will the next government actually change anything? To hone in further: Will it change Israel's direction on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

The left is inclined to say there's no difference between centrist challengers Blue and White party and Netanyahu's ruling Likud. Netanyahu's campaign slogan "Bibi or Tibi," referring to a prominent Arab politician, is a compact way of saying that anything to his left means the end of Jewish identity in Israel.

How is a voter to gauge the difference between the parties' policies regarding the conflict? Maybe voters ...

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