BBC Israel votes for new government
The Israeli people go to the polls in an election that could lead to a push to settle final borders.
Analysis: Sharon's legacies
Q&A: Israeli election
Jerusalem Post Elections underway in 8,000 polling stations countrywideSecurity forces deploy in city centers, Jerusalem periphery, and borders with Palestinian areas to prevent attacks on election day.
Fateful vote to decide Israel's futureIf he wins, Olmert vowed to shape state borders, unilaterally if necessary.
In Israel, an Unsettled Electorate
Complete Coverage of Elections
Haaretz Polling stations open, Knesset elections underway
AP Polls Open in Israel
FT Israel faces uncertainty as country prepares for poll As Israelis prepared to cast their votes in elections they were told could determine the future borders of the state, pollsters and much of the electorate were undecided about the make-up of the next government coalition.
Der Spiegel The Deputy Takes the ReinsEhud Olmert once challenged Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, but now he hopes to become the powerful politician's successor on Tuesday. By playing to the emotions of his countrymen and with a clear platform, the man seen by many as an eternal deputy looks likely to succeed. By Christoph Schult
Negotiating With Hamas: Religious Rapprochement in Israel
Israel's Security Fence: Dividing Lives
The New Republic Israel's saddest election by Yossi Klein Halevi
Israelis to vote for Sharon legacy Kadima heads for victory by pressing on with ailing founder's plan to put separation before peace
BBC Winners and losers Economic growth is strong, yet ever more Israelis live in poverty
KR Olmert hopes to become first Israeli leader to define permanent borders
Haaretz What are the elections about, anyhow? The voting public is wandering through the polls, wondering what is to be decided at the box.
Debka Voter Apathy Threatens Israel with Political Instability
Gulf News Can Olmert usher in peace?
He should also talk to the Palestinian leaders if he wins today's election
Haaretz Analysis: Minding the store with the big decisions on hold
Washington Times Israel's historic elections
Daily Star Ariel Sharon's unilateralism is likely to win the day By Augustus Richard Norton There is still room for a surprise or two in today's elections in Israel. Even so, while Ariel Sharon remains in the permanent grip of a coma, it is likely that the electorate will affirm his unilateral approach to resolving the Palestinian question.
Gains by Israeli right The moderates Kadmia party is expected to win Tuesday's vote, but the right is building support.
Haaretz If elected, Olmert likely to invite Labor and Shas to join coalition
Daily Telegraph Israel votes tactically An Isreali electorate that has for decades chosen governments that stand for the Left or Right is tomorrow expected to vote in Kadima, the centrist party founded by Ariel Sharon - the first politician who has capitalised on the drift of Israeli public opinion to the middle ground.
At Crossroads, Israeli Voters Seem to Wait for a Signal
Leader - A small step towards peace Ehud Olmert, leader of the centrist Kadima party set up by Ariel Sharon, has boldly defined today's Israeli general election as a referendum on the future of the occupied West Bank.
New worldview shapes Israeli parliament vote A a new centrist pragmatism is pushing the Kadima party to the head of the polls before Tuesday's election.
In the shadow of Sharon Although in a coma, the Israeli prime minister remains a dominant figure as the country prepares to vote, says Ian Black.
Israel's elections and the ruins of Oslo By Geoffrey Aronson
Long on Outskirts of Power, Olmert Looks to Lead Israel
Stupor in Our Time By ETGAR KERET If we want a non-event on Election Day in Israel, then we really must be exhausted
Washington Institute The Roadmap, the Fence, and the Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Peace (Part I)
Satloff - Hobbling Hamas: Moving beyond the U.S. Policy of Three No's
There Is No Israel 'Lobby' - David Gergen, New York Daily News
Slate Overstating Jewish Power: Mearsheimer and Walt give too much credit to the Israeli lobby. Christopher Hitchens
Israel vs. Kurdistan KurdishMedia
Palestinian Leader to Accept Hamas Cabinet Aide Says Abbas Seeks 'Transformation' Of Rival Party's Stance Toward Israelis
BBC Hamas 'seeks dialogue with West' Haaretz Hamas ready to cooperate but not to concede
Hamas' nominee for prime minister, Ismail Haniya, says the militant group wants talks with Western powers.
Gulf News Hamas presents Cabinet on eve of Israeli vote
Palestinian militant group Hamas prepared to take office by presenting its Cabinet and government agenda to Parliament on Monday.
Hamas ready for international talks on peace Daily Star Incoming Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyya said Monday his Hamas government was ready to talk to the international community to end the Middle East conflict but would not change its hard-line stance on Israel. Haniyya told MPs the Palestinians had the right to continue the independence "struggle" but stressed his desire.
Syria's ex-VP said to have planned defection since 2003
CRS "Syria: U.S. Relations and Bilateral Issues"
Syria Arrests More Than 100 Kurds After New Year Clashes
Viewpoint: Syria: Real fears or crocodile tears? Middle East Times, Initially, Syria (like other Arab states) would have probably preferred a central but weakened Iraq with which it could do business
UPI Analysis: U.N. encouraged over Lebanon By WILLIAM M. REILLYA senior U.N. envoy promoting implementation of a Lebanon resolution, Terje Roed-Larsen, after wrapping up a series of meetings in Middle Eastern and world
Ahmadinejad: Iran-US dialogue on Iraq will be “conditional”
UPI U.S. limited in Iran war options: experts
Gulf News Iran holds the keys to stability in Iraq
The agreement between the United States and Iran to hold direct talks on Iraq is an important development at the regional and international levels.
Christian Science Monitor Iran Oil Cutoff Could Be Suicidal for the Mullahs - David Francis
Der Spiegel Nuclear Standoff: Germany Nuclear Parts Smuggled to Iran
CSIS Iraq's Evolving Insurgency and the Risk of Civil War -Anthony H. Cordesman
KR Shiite leaders in Iraq denounce U.S. Top Shiite political leaders condemned U.S. forces on Monday for raiding a suspected Shiite terrorist cell in what they said was a mosque and killing more than a dozen people, exposing the growing schism between the country's largest and most powerful sect and U.S. officials.
PBS Muqtada al-Sadr's Power Grows in Iraq
Report: US Asks for New Iraqi PM
BBC Political storm over Iraq deaths The US military faces growing political pressure in Iraq over a raid on a mosque complex that left 20 people dead.
U.S. Department of DefenseOperation Iraqi Freedom: Three Year Anniversary -- Progress Fact Sheet
Drying Out the Insurgency
By A. C. GRAYLING By separating the civilians from the fighters, American-led forces in Iraq can weaken the insurgency while sparing innocent lives.
No Sign of Progress in Iraq Government Talks
The Times Sectarian strife embroils US US troops were accused of killing up to 22 Iraqis after becoming embroiled in a fierce battle with a powerful Shia militia at a Baghdad mosque
Iraqi police are 'enemy' The British estimate that some 10 per cent of the police in Iraq are actively working against them and the first loyalty of the majority is to a Shia Muslim militia or to their tribe.
UPI Blair pledges to 'tough it out' in Iraq By HANNAH K. STRANGEPrime Minister Tony Blair pledged to "tough it out" in Iraq despite the current security difficulties, during a speech to the Australian parliament Monday.
Washington Post Fukuyama's Fantasy Francis Fukuyama has every right to change his mind about the war in Iraq, now that public opinion hast turned against it. "He has no right to change what I said." By Charles Krauthammer