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October 20, 2008 - Vol. 10, Issue 8

COALITION COALESCING?; ISRAEL SEEKS TO EXTEND GAZA TRUCE; NO BRANCH IN THIS OLIVE HARVEST; SETTLER FANATICISM THREATENS ISRAEL; JENIN BATTLES TERRORISM, RED TAPE

COALITION COALESCING? Prime Minister-designate Tzippi Livni asked President Shimon Peres for a two-week extension to form a coalition government today, bring the new deadline for forming a government to November 3. If Livni fails to meet that deadline - and no new legislation setting a date for early election is passed - Israeli law stipulates that new parliamentary elections be automatically be held on January 27.