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Israelis Vote in Parliamentary Elections, Netanyahu Expected to Win

By January 22, 2013

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israel elections 2013 votingThe main event this week are today's parliamentary elections in Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is widely expected to return for the third term in office, the question is just how colorful his next coalition government is going to be.

The Israeli Left is in disarray, and the main challenge to Netanyahu's right-of-center Likud party comes from populist right-wing politicians linked to settlers on occupied Palestinian territories and the ultra-conservative Orthodox Jewish vote.

Domestic concerns were at the forefront of the election campaign, as young Israelis face difficulties finding stable employment and affordable housing - much like their counterparts in Europe. But the outside world will foremost be watching for a political shift to the right and whether a more hawkish cabinet could decide to launch military action against Iran.

Have a look at the video of this insightful debate at Al Jazeera featuring Anshel Pfeffer, an Israeli political correspondent for the Haaretz newspaper; Graeme Bannerman, a former Middle East analyst at the US State Department, and a scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC; and Roee Ruttenberg, a journalist at 972mag.com, an Israeli current affairs online magazine.

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The main event this week are the parliamentary elections in Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is widely expected to return for the third term in office, the question is just how colorful his next coalition government is going to be.

 

The Israeli Left is in disarray, and the main challenge to Netanyahu's right-of-center Likud party comes from populist parties linked to settlers on occupied Palestinian territories and the ultra-conservative Orthodox Jewish vote.

 

Domestic concerns were at the forefront of the election campaign, as young Israelis face difficulties finding stable employment and affordable housing - much like their counterparts in Europe. But the outside world will foremost be watching for a political shift to the right and whether a more hawkish cabinet could decide to launch military action against Iran.

 

Have a look at this insightful debate at Al Jazeera including Anshel Pfeffer, an Israeli political correspondent for the Haaretz newspaper; Graeme Bannerman, a former Middle East analyst at the US State Department, and a scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC; and Roee Ruttenberg, a journalist at 972mag.com, an Israeli current affairs online magazine.

 

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