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Palestinians expect status quo when Livni replaces Olmert

Sept. 21, 2008 3:55 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 21, 2008 3:55 P.M.)
Ramallah - Ma'an - Palestinians do not have great expectations for the political changes which will occur when Ehud Olmert leaves his post as Israeli Prime Minister, and hands it over to Tzipi Livni who intends to create a coalition government.

Palestinian political analyst and writer Khalil Shahin, predicts no changes after Livni assumes power. Shahin also does not exclude the possibility that Livni will give orders to invade the Gaza Strip.

"It is natural that Olmert resigns in light of the many corruption scandals and bribes he was involved in," said Shahin. "As for Livni being elected leader of Kadima party, it was due to military leaders avoiding Israeli decision-making cycles," he surmised.

As for Palestinian citizens, they did not show any interest in the political changes in Israel. "Since 1948, there has been no Israeli leader who wanted to make peace," a second political analyst Siham Muhammad explained. "On the contrary, elections usually bring the most antagonizing figure to the Palestinian people, and so Olmert's resignation is not expected to make any changes," he concluded.

Another Palestinian citizen, Thaer Ash-Sheikh said Olmert had committed atrocities against the Palestinian people, and so will his successor.

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