The COMAI president said that the outcome shows ''the voters' desire to move more towards the centre, where there is greater support for the intensification of the peace process'' and for halting settlement building. Aodi hopes, therefore, that ''international diplomatic efforts will take the election results'' in Israel into account.
However, there was also a decline in representatives from the Arab minority elected to the Knesset. The number of representatives has ''dropped from eleven to nine, and this is a pity since it shows the disappointment felt by Palestinian voters,'' Aodi underscored, saying that he hoped those elected would have ''the necessary support to give a constructive voice to the Palestinians of Israel.'' (ANSAmed).