Likud-Zionist Union pact could ease tensions with U.S., but such a coalition is unclear.
S hould Israel’s two major parties decide to form a unity government following Tuesday’s election that saw neither party deliver a knockout blow, it could help heel tensions with the Obama administration and members of Congress, according to political observers.
Tel Aviv — “Giddy up, Bibi, Bibi, Bibi, King of Israel!”
Ecstatic Likud activists gathered at the party’s election headquarters broke out in chants and hugs when the numbers of the exit polls flashed on the screen showing that they had miraculously pulled even with the center-left Zionist Union in the final days of the campaign despite polls that unanimously pointed to defeat. [Later in the evening, the results showed Likud pulling ahead to a decisive victory over the center-left Zionist Union.]
'Arab voters are going to the polling stations in droves,' Bibi warns.
With a close race predicted in Israel’s national elections today, and incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing defeat, the vote of Israeli Arabs is expected to play a crucial role in the final result.
HAR HOMA, West Bank (Reuters) Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a final bid to shore up right-wing support ahead of a knife-edge vote today, said he would not permit a Palestinian state to be created under his watch if he is re-elected.