The Israeli election: Bibi, Bougie or both?

March 17, 2015 10:34 PM

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THE Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has once again confounded the pollsters. In 1996, opinion surveys predicted he would lose against the then Labour prime minister, Shimon Peres, but he came out on top. This time around he had been trailing behind his main challenger, Yitzhak Herzog, the leader of Zionist Union, for much of the campaign. But when polls closed on March 17th, the exit polls found he had drawn level with Mr Herzog, and he may yet secure a fourth term.

Veteran Likud voters seemed to reproach Mr Netanyahu for focusing almost entirely on the Iranian nuclear threat, instead of addressing the rising cost of living, particularly in housing. His apparent comeback in the past week was built on relentless negative campaigning. Mr Netanyahu warned right-wi...

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