By defeating the ultra-Orthodox Jewish party, Nir Barkat will bring secular politics. But he will likely take a hard line with Palestinians.
Some Arabs see him as more of an 'honest broker' in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. But that conflict may not be a priority.
Condoleezza Rice heads to the area for a summit of powers promoting peace.
Readers write about peace between Israelis and Palestinians, how leadership builds the public's trust in government, and single-issue voters.
Prime Minister-designate Tzipi Livni called on Sunday for parliamentary elections instead of more negotiations with right-wing parties to form a new government.