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Support for Israel's left-wing parties drops ahead of elections

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Campaign banners depicting Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after Likud-Yisrael Beitenu activists draped them on walls surrounding Jerusalem's Old City
Campaign banners depicting Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after Likud-Yisrael Beitenu activists draped them on walls surrounding Jerusalem's Old City

Israeli citizens will go to the polls on Tuesday, to choose a new parliament called the Knesset. Current polls indicate that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud-Beiteinu slate will be unable to win an outright majority, and will have to form a coalition, an Israeli political standard. But what is new in this election is a further shift to the right, with pollsters stating that 41 per cent of Israeli voters now define themselves as right-wing, an increase of seven percent since the last election three years ago.  With hard-right and extreme-right parties looking to fill the space in Netanyahu’s coalition, the Israeli left is increasingly trying to make itself heard in the run-up to the election. 

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