Israelis voting in key elections

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Published: Tuesday 17th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Israelis are voting in elections following a campaign focused on economic issues such as the high cost of living, rather than fears of a nuclear Iran or the Israeli-Arab conflict.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appealed to his hard-line base at the last minute, saying a Palestinian state would not be established if he is elected to a fourth term. His remarks could further sour ties with the United States.

Mr Netanyahu’s main challenger is Isaac Herzog of the centre-left Zionist Union.

Voters are today electing a 120-member parliament, casting ballots for a party list. It typically takes weeks of negotiations for a governing coalition to be formed.

Mr Herzog’s party has been polling slightly ahead of Mr Netanyahu’s Likud, but neither political camp has a clear majority.

Published: Tuesday 17th March 2015 by The News Editor

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