'King Bibi's' reign challenged in Israeli election




 
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March 17th, 2015  
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Topic: 'King Bibi's' reign challenged in Israeli election


By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's march towards becoming the longest-serving leader of Israel could be halted on Tuesday in an election that has exposed public fatigue with his stress on national security rather than socio-economic problems. Surging rhetoric against Iran and the Palestinians has done little to close Netanyahu's lag behind center-left opponent Isaac Herzog in opinion polls. Much will depend on which candidate the smaller, centrist parties choose to crown, and the leaning of a joint list uniting Israel's four Arab parties, which is expected to come in third. Dubbed "King Bibi" by Time magazine just three years ago, Netanyahu, 65, has cast the threat to his reign as a foreign-orchestrated bid to install an Israeli leader who might yield to Palestinian statehood or nuclear diplomacy with Iran.




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