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."