03/17/2015, 00.00
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Israelis to the polls, without little confidence in Netanyahu or Herzog

by Joshua Lapide
Polling stations close at 22 tonight. Polls point to few seats for Zionist Union. But the Likud could succeed in sewing alliance for majority. Netanyahu bets on security against the Islamic State and Iran and excludes the creation of a Palestinian state. The Herzog party tries to address concerns within society and wants to resume dialogue with the Palestinians.

Jerusalem (AsiaNews) - At least 5.8 million Israelis go to the polls today in what looks like a balanced standoff between the outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the Likud and the Zionist center-right alliance, led by Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni.

The polling stations opened at 7 this morning and will close at 22 (local time). Almost certainly the two parties will have only a quarter of the 120 seats in the Knesset (parliament), opening up government to alliances with other small parties.

Netanyahu's election campaign was dominated by the issue of security, the Islamic State threat and Iran. Yesterday the outgoing premier even vowed that if he is re-elected there will be no Palestinian State. But his campaign has been dogged by the accusations he and his wife lead a high life on the back of public spending.

The Zionist Union instead led a campaign focused on domestic issues: a struggling economy, high prices, unemployment and promised to rehabilitate relations with Palestine and the international community.

Polls put the Zionist Union in the lead by 3-4 seats over Likud, but the latter perhaps more likely to form an alliance of parties to secure a majority.

Some days ago, a radio poll gave the Israeli Zionist Union 25 seats; 21 to Likud; 13 to Arab parties. 11 seats to the Jewish House (HaBayit HaYehud, Zionist religious) and 11 to the Yesh Atid (a middle class party).


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