No high hopes for Palestinians that upcoming Israeli elections will deliver any change in relations between Palestinians and the Israeli state. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
In the rubble-lined streets of Gaza City -- few hopes for change ahead of Israeli elections later this month. Nevermind that four Arab parties have united for the first time, aiming to gain much-needed political muscle for Israel's Arab minority. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) GAZA RESIDENT, UM JOZEPH, SAYING: "Instead of hiding in the shelters, the Israeli nation should tell their leaders, 'enough of war' so we both can live in peace. The Jewish nation should say it, they should say it to Netanyahu and the other candidates that they want peace." Others say the results are always the same. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MERCHANT FORM GAZA, MAMDOH ZIAN EL-DEEN, SAYING: "The Israeli election is always the same, it brings us only woes. All that we know about Israel is the war, and all we can see from Israel is terrorism. It is a Zionist terrorist state. We cannot expect anything good from it." The elections will be held March 17th with the race between Likud and the center-left Zionist Union parties too close to call.