Netanyahu's strongman image boosts ratings, countering U.S. rift

February 3, 2015 1:02 PM

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Netanyahu's strongman image boosts ratings, countering U.S. rift

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli voters' security concerns have boosted Benjamin Netanyahu's popularity in the past month, helping him to skirt criticism of a widened rift with the White House as he aims for a fourth election success.

With violence on the Lebanese border and worries about Iran's nuclear program high on voters' minds, the conservative leader's reputation for being strong on security helped to raise his approval rating to 51 percent from 46 percent in January.

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