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Israeli election: Personality is political

Israel votes—but on what?

By Jay Elwes  

Naftali Bennett, leader of the Jewish Home party, has benefited from the personality politics that has characterised the election (photo: Mati Milstein/The Israel Project)

Israel votes today and polls indicate that the incumbent prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will be returned to power. Israeli electoral law forbids polling in the final four days of a campaign but the final analysis, released on Friday, suggested that he will win 32 seats, and through a series of alliances take that total to around 63, giving him control of the 120-seat Knesset.

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