Sunday, March 15, 2015

Herzog Leads Netanyahu in March 17 PM Vote; Israelis Are Now Focused on Social, Ec. Change

Hard-line Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now fighting for his political life, as a rival threatens to oust the long-serving Israeli leader in the parliamentary election to be held on March 17, the USA Today website reports today (March 15, 2015).

Polls show a coalition led by Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog clinging to a lead over Netanyahu's right-wing Likud Party.

The fact is that bread-and-butter issues -- which favor Herzog's center-left Zionist Union coalition -- appear to be trumping security concerns that play to Netanyahu's strengths as Israel's protector. Moreover,  most Israelis are sick and tired of Netanyahu's bickering with the Palestinians over a never-achieved peace settlement and with U.S. President Barack Obama's anti-nuclear deal with Iran.

"People want change. They're talking about social and economic issues," said pollster Rafi Smith. "These issues are having more weight than in any other election."

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