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    Palestinians despondent as Israeli polls near - 16 Sep 08

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    In Israel, Ehud Olmert, the prime minister, has been speaking of the need for a peace agreement with the Palestinians by the end of the year.

    But he is due to step down as prime minister as his Kadima party prepares for a leadership vote on Wednesday.

    The Palestinians main fear is that whoever wins will maintain the status quo: a military occupation consisting of checkpoints, walls, and settlement expansion.

    Al Jazeera's Nour Odeh reports.