Netanyahu Poised to Win Election

    JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JANUARY 22: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touches the Western Wall, Judaism holiest site on January 22, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. Israel's general election voting has begun today as polls show Netanyahu is expected to return to office with a narrow majority. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

    Netanyahu at Western Wall during Israel's election on Tuesday. (Uriel Sinai/Getty)

    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.

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