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Vote Casts Doubt On Unity Government

Likud-Zionist Union pact could ease tensions with U.S., but such a coalition is unclear.

Staff Writer

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.

Winning wave? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after Tuesday’s election. Getty Images

Bibi, The Comeback Kid

At Likud headquarters, anxiety, then jubilation.

Israel Correspondent

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.]

The scene at Likud headquarters Tuesday night.  Joshua Mitnick/JW

Exit Polls: Zionist Union, Likud Neck And Neck At Top


Tel Aviv — Exit polls in Israel showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party neck and neck at the top with the center-left Zionist Union led by Isaac Herzog.

On Election Day, Arab Vote In The Spotlight

'Arab voters are going to the polling stations in droves,' Bibi warns.

Staff Writer

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.

Israelis line up to cast their vote in Ramle. Getty Images

Chuck Norris Endorses Bibi

The martial artist and actor, a devout Christian and political conservative, says Bibi is the strong leader Israel needs.

On Election’s Eve, Netanyahu Says No Palestinian State As Long As He’s Israel’s PM


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.

Fatah Leader, Lebanese Newspaper Urge Arab-Israelis To Vote Joint Arab List


A Fatah leader in the West Bank urged Arab-Israelis to vote for the Joint Arab List in the Israeli elections, as did a Lebanese newspaper.

Netanyahu: No Palestinian State On My Watch


Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview that as long as he is Israel’s prime minister, a Palestinian state will not be established.

The interview was published Monday on the Israeli news website NRG, a day before Israelis head to the polls, as Netanyahu attempts to shore up right-wing support.

Livni Says She’ll Forgo Being Prime Minister Should Zionist Union Win


Israeli politician Tzipi Livni said she will forgo the opportunity to take the prime minister position in two years should her Zionist Union slate prevail in the elections.

Livni made the announcement on Monday night, less than a day before Israelis vote for a new national government.

Tens Of Thousands Of Right-Wing Israelis Rally In Tel Aviv


Tel Aviv — Tens of thousands of right-wing Israelis at a Tel Aviv rally heard Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vow not to withdraw from the West Bank.

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