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Israeli elections could help peace prospects, bishop reports

Catholic World News - January 23, 2013

This week’s election results in Israel could lead to the formation of a government more likely to resume peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, in the view of Bishop William Shomali.

Bishop Shomali, an auxiliary of the Jerusalem patriarchate, told Vatican Radio that the prospect of more “dovish” leaders in a new coalition government could improve peace prospects. The bishop said that he hoped American diplomatic pressure would also encourage Israel to stop encouraging new settlements in Palestinian territory and to accept a two-state solution.

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