ELECTION DAY

Israel Goes to the Polls

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.