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With a new Israeli government about to be chosen, there could be some serious challenges for Barack Obama and his major goal of negotiations leading to a Palestinian state. Also, President Obama's first prime-time news conference, which was part of his response to an unexpected development, the resurgence of the Republicans, who were counted out after November’s election. (This program was originally broadcast earlier today on To the Point.)

Producers:
Karen Radziner

Main Topic Israelis Go to the Polls as the Nation Moves Right

Recent polls indicate a close election tomorrow, but all three major parties are moving to the right. That could mean trouble for one of President Obama's major goals, that of negotiations leading to a Palestinian state. We hear about Israel's election tomorrow and the formation of the new government, as well as concerns about security. Does the peace process still have a chance? Is Israel likely to strike Iran?

Guests:
Griff Witte, Washington Post
Gideon Levy, Columnist, Ha'aretz
Benny Morris, Professor of Middle East History, Ben-Gurion University
Roger Cohen, New York Times and International Herald Tribune

Reporter's Notebook Republicans Find Their Voice in Opposition

The President has reached out to Republicans, but bipartisanship has hardly been mutual.  In fact, the Republicans say opposition to the stimulus package has them back in the game.  Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin told the Washington Post, “We're so far ahead of where we thought we'd be at this time.” Reporter Alec MacGillis wrote the story.

Guests:
Alec MacGillis, New Republic (@AlecMacGillis)

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