Ed: 33: November/2008
This analysis looks into the events leading up to Livni's announcement, the procedure and time-frame for general elections, and the state of affairs in the three major parties - Kadima, Likud and Labor - as the prospect of early elections looms.
The first and most obvious reason why the Arab world is particularly vulnerable to the financial crisis is that a disproportionately large amount of Arab wealth is invested in global stock markets. Since the 1970s, the Arab world (or parts of it) has enjoyed a long windfall of oil wealth.
Supporters of Israel are intensely interested in which of the two US presidential candidates, John McCain or Barack Obama, is "best" for the Jewish state. Of course, "best" is a subjective concept...