Persistent Israeli ethnic divide may split vote for Netanyahu

March 10, 2015 10:37 AM

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Persistent Israeli ethnic divide may split vote for Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - In the past, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party could count on Israelis like 50-year-old shopkeeper Yossi Levy when it came to election day.

Levy, who describes himself as a lifelong Likud voter, is a member of Israel's Sephardic community - Jews of Middle Eastern descent who, attracted by a tough stance toward Arab enemies, have traditionally been the party's backbone.

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