Israeli elections

Exit polls: Likud closes gap with Zionist Union

By Orlando Radice, March 17, 2015

Exit polls conducted by Israeli TV channels indicate that the leading party blocs are likely to win the same number of seats in the next Knesset.

This means that current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have a legitimate claim to form the next government, even though both groupings will seek coalitions on the left and right.

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Israel awash with excitement on election day

By Orlando Radice, March 17, 2015

Israel is a land of a thousand opinions and high emotions, and the explosive brew comes to the boil on election day.

At the Love Israel School in Talpiot, a Jerusalem suburb, a group of 20-something supporters of Yisrael Beiteinu bedecked in party colours dance to the thud of a car stereo.

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Netanyahu tells supporters Arabs are 'voting in droves'

By Rosa Doherty, March 17, 2015

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told his supporters that the country’s Arab citizens were voting “in droves" as the country's election campaign reached its closing stages.

He said he hoped right-wing Israelis would help him “close the gap.”

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Polls open as Israel prepares to elect new government

By Rosa Doherty, March 17, 2015

Polling booths have opened across Israel as voters prepare to elect the country’s next government.

Voters will cast their ballot between 7am and 10pm in more than 10,300 polling stations.

The election of the 20th Knesset will decide whether current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to lead the country after six years in power.

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No Palestinian state if I am re-elected, says Netanyahu

By Rosa Doherty, March 16, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhau has said a Palestinian state would not be created if he was re-elected this week.

In a stark contradiction of a 2009 speech in which he voiced support for a two-state solution, Mr Netanyahu's comments have been described as a last-minute attempt to win voters from Naftali Bennett's Jewish Home party.

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Disturbing rise of the far right

By Colin Shindler, March 12, 2015

Israeli election campaigns are nowadays characterised by the breast-beating of an array of right-wing parties, each vying with their rivals in proclaiming their undiluted patriotism. They have become a permanent feature of Israeli governments in stark contrast to the displaced and isolated Israeli left.

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Settlers and politics: it's like the Wild West

By Assaf Gavron, March 12, 2015

Last December, the Jewish Home Party released its video for the forthcoming election campaign.

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Election won't be decided by ideology

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 12, 2015

The main focus in this Israeli election is naturally on the contest between Benjamin Netanyahu and Isaac Herzog for the job of prime minister. But, if the polling is anything to go by, very few voters have actually moved between the parties they lead, Likud and Zionist Union.

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Netanyahu's last days?

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 12, 2015

For the first time in six years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's premiership seems to be under serious threat.

The latest polls have consistently shown the Zionist Union list, headed by Labour Party leader Isaac Herzog, a few seats ahead of Mr Netanyahu's Likud.

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Bibi's vulnerable - but jury is out

By Shlomo Avineri, March 12, 2015

Before last summer, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared unassailable. Isaac Herzog, the head of the Labour opposition, got less than 10 per cent support in public opinion polls. Now, Likud and the Herzog-Livni Zionist Union run neck-and-neck.

There are numerous reasons for Mr Netanyahu's sudden vulnerability.

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