Israel's election outcome 'a surprise to everyone'

Thursday, January 24, 2013
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The head of a Messianic Jewish ministry says it's too early to know just what kind of government might emerge from Tuesday's surprise election results in Israel.

Palestinian officials say they were pleasantly surprised by the unexpected surge of moderate parties in Tuesday's election in Israel. But they doubt the moderates gained enough ground to challenge the hardline policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Markell, Jan (Olive Tree Ministries)Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, tells OneNewsNow the supporters of Israel are shocked.

"I think the polls were wrong, because everything was a lot closer than anyone anticipated," she suggests. "It's going to be a prolonged process as far as actually getting down to who is going to be governing. And I think this is just a surprise to absolutely everyone."

But whatever government is ultimately formed will have to deal with some serious national security threats, "one obviously being Iran, but the other front being Syria," Markell asserts.

"They're going to have to do something," she continues. "That is just somewhat up in the air as we speak, because these coalitions have to be formed, and these coalitions can take weeks."

The Olive Tree Ministries founder also notes the Palestinian problem.

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