This article examines the role of the issue of peace and security in the 2006 Israeli election. It surveys the positions adopted by the parties and the public on these issues. It also compares the role of peace and security in the 2006 election, with their role in previous elections. It argues that peace and security were the central issue in the election, despite the attempt by Labour to shift the focus to social issues. In terms of substance, both the electorate and the parties moved towards a consensus in favour of partition. This consensus is part of a new centrism, which is willing to make extensive compromises on the one hand, but which is extremely skeptical about the possibility of achieving peace on the other. Overall, Kadima’s victory was primarily due to its success in presenting itself as a credible representative of this new Israeli centre on foreign and security policy; whereas both Labour and Likud failed in this regard.

Jonathan Rynhold, 'Peace and security in the 2009 election' Israel Affairs Vol. 13, No. 2, 2007, 384-400

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