Analysis: Israel's Netanyahu faces wild cards
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Dan Perry - October 14, 2012 - 12:00am

TEL AVIV, Israel — The Israeli government has called a general election for Jan. 22, and polls suggest Benjamin Netanyahu's rightist-religious coalition is likely to win a renewed majority — but an array of wild cards make the outcome of this campaign unpredictable nonetheless.

Why Binyamin Netanyahu is on the right track for victory
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Harriet Sherwood - (Opinion) October 13, 2012 - 12:00am

One end is a Jewish settlement across the Green Line, the other is close to Israel's haunting memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem.

Iran, economy to dominate Israeli elections
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
by Adam Gonn - October 12, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- In the Israeli elections scheduled on Jan. 22, 2013, the right-left fault line may not be drawn as in the past along issues such as relations with the Palestinians, but over Iran's controversial nuclear program and Israel's economy, analysts said.

Poll shows center-left "super party" could win Israeli elections
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
October 12, 2012 - 12:00am

JERUSALEM, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- If the main leaders of Israel's center and left political forces would join forces in one party, they could defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the early general elections to be held in January, a survey revealed Thursday.

For Ehud Olmert, it's now or never
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Yossi Verter - (Analysis) October 12, 2012 - 12:00am

A day after announcing an early election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu got into his armored car and made the short trip from his office to the official residence of President Shimon Peres. Veteran Government Press Office photographer Moshe Milner took their picture sitting side by side and having a cozy chat. Yet just two months ago, Netanyahu had his confidants rebuke Peres for daring to make public his opposition to the idea of an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities before the U.S. presidential election and without coordination with Washington.

I Wish I Could Vote Bibi, But I Can't
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Gil Troy - (Opinion) October 11, 2012 - 12:00am

During this difficult moment in history, with Iran rapidly progressing toward nuclear status, with world economies still fragile, and with Western values under attack, Israel needs strong leadership. In the upcoming elections, I would love to vote for Israel’s popular and powerful prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, giving him a clear mandate to lead domestically and diplomatically.  But, like so many Israelis, I will search elsewhere for political redemption and reassurance, knowing just how limited the choice really is.

Haaretz poll: Netanyahu beats election rivals, right-wing bloc grows stronger
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Yossi Verter - October 11, 2012 - 12:00am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has no serious challenger in the next election, political experts said after he launched the campaign for the 19th Knesset on Tuesday. A poll carried out for Haaretz on Wednesday appears to confirm this. The poll, conducted by Dialog under the supervision of Professor Camil Fuchs of Tel Aviv University, shows that Netanyahu easily defeats all his possible rivals from the center-left bloc. As far as the public is concerned, Netanyahu is deemed much more suitable for post of prime minister than any of his potential rivals.

Palestinians foresee no change after Israeli elections
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Elior Levy - October 11, 2012 - 12:00am

The decision to move up the Knesset elections will affect not only Israel's citizens but the Palestinian Authority as well.  Since Benjamin Netanyahu's early elections announcement Tuesday, Palestinian analysts have been trying to explain the move and its consequences. All reached the same conclusion – nothing will change.

Arab parties may unite under one ticket for election
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Ilene Prusher - October 11, 2012 - 12:00am

Following Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s declaration of early elections, Arab political parties spent time regrouping Wednesday, trying to figure out how they would shape their message and increase voter participation. MK Taleb a-Sanaa, from the UAL-Ta’al party, is proposing that all the Arab parties unite under one ticket, in part as a buffer to the “extreme right-wing control” that now has a hold on the Knesset, he said.

Netanyahu tries to capitalise on Romney revival
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Vita Bekker - October 11, 2012 - 12:00am

TEL AVIV // The resurgence of Mitt Romney in key US polls in the past few days ahead of next month's US presidential election may also be a boost to the campaign of the Republican candidate's key ally overseas. Benjamin Netanyahu, the conservative Israeli prime minister, said that general elections will take place early next year, about eight months ahead of schedule. The decision comes a year after peace talks stalled with the Palestinians and amid tensions with Iran over Tehran's nuclear programme.

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