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ELECTION DAY Netanyahu Poised to Win Election Netanyahu at Western Wall during Israel's election on Tuesday. (Uriel Sinai/Getty)

Netanyahu Poised to Win Election

It’s no Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney. Israelis went to the polls Tuesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expected to win a third term in office, although his party is expected to suffer some losses in Parliament. Faced with growing support for an ultra-right-wing party, Netanyahu could be forced to come to a compromise with the center-left parties after the election. No Israeli has ever won an absolute majority, so Netanyahu has partnered with the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu group. A Netanyahu victory is likely to push Israel further to the right, with peace with Palestine looking less likely and the looming showdown with Iran more dangerous.

January 22, 2013 6:40 AM