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Livni to tell Peres: Let's hold early elections

Livni to tell Peres: Let's hold early elections

A confidant says Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has abandoned her efforts to put together a new coalition government and instead will recommend early parliamentary elections.
The decision will put already fragile peace talks in limbo. And it could clear the way for hawkish opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu to reclaim the premiership. Netanyahu rejects sweeping territorial concessions to the Palestinians, a necessary component of any peace deal.
Livni has been trying to cobble together a government since she took over as head of the ruling Kadima Party from Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in September. But partners in the current coalition pressed new demands she rejected.
Confidant Tzahi Hanegbi told Israel Radio that Livni decided, "enough extortion _ we'll go for quick elections."