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Israel Goes To Poll

  • Israel goes to parliamentary polls on Tuesday and popular opinions indicate that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may return to office for a third term. The opinion polls preceding the elections indicate that a collation of the Likud Party led by Mr. Netanyahu and the Yisrael Beitenu nationalist party are likely to win most of the seats at the 120-seat Israeli parliament. While no party has ever held a complete majority at the parliament, the coalition is expected to far exceed the votes gained by the main opposition Labor party and also the far-right Jewish Home party. As soon as the next government assumes office it will need to deal with a number of challenges including international reactions over the national policies towards Palestine and the nuclear threat posed by Iran.

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