Palestinians pleased with Livni's win
Palestinian authority officials breathe a sign of relief, say they feared
Ali Waked YNET Published: 09.17.08, 23:20 / Israel News
Palestinian Authority officials said Wednesday night they were pleased with
Tzipi Livni's apparent victory in the Kadima primaries and were looking
forward to continuing peace talks with her.
PA officials anxiously followed the Kadima primaries throughout the day, and
just like Livni's associated were concerned about the low turnout rate
earlier in the day. Palestinian sources were concerned that a Mofaz victory
would halt the diplomatic process, while a Livni victory was perceived as
recipe for continued talks.
A senior PA official told Ynet: "We'll work with anyone, but it's no secret
that working with Livni will be much easier. She knows her stuff so there's
no need to start from scratch with her. We hope very much that she'd be able
to put together a coalition so that we can continue to negotiate."
The source added that a Mofaz victory would prompt him to move closer to
Shas and rightist parties at the expense of talks with the Palestinians.
"Livni realizes that the solution to the current situation is a quick
diplomatic agreement with us," he said. "We hope that she'd be able to form
a government very quickly."
Meanwhile, many PA residents also closely monitored the primaries, while
Palestinian and Arab networks offered coverage of the vote.