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A Daily Analysis
By Marc Schulman

February 24, 2009--18th Knesset Sworn In

The 18th Knesset was sworn in today. This is the first Knesset in 50 years of which that Shimon Peres was not a member. Today, of course, he had the opportunity to speak at the opening session. Peres told the assembled members that this needs to be the Knesset that reaches a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Political observors are now almost unanimous that the chances of a unity government are close to zero. While Netanyahu is making some effort to make an end run around Livni, that is not likely to be successful. A number of senior members of Kadima have made it clear in the last two days that although they may or might not agree with Livni, she is the one for whom voters cast their votes and therefore, her voice needs to be followed.