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Israel's Netanyahu rival moots center-left alliance for election
By Dan Williams

JERUSALEM | Sat Jan 5, 2013 9:15am EST

(Reuters) - Israel's main center-left parties may join forces against conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the January 22 election that he is currently forecast to win easily, one of the challengers said on Saturday.

Former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, head of the centrist Hatenuah party, said on Twitter ? that she would meet counterparts from the kindred Yesh Atid and left-leaning Labour "to discuss the creation of a 'united front' to work together to replace Netanyahu".

Opinion polls see the three parties taking around 37 of parliament's 120 seats in the vote - collectively, enough to best the some 35 projected for Netanyahu's joint rightist list and, potentially, to form the next Israeli coalition government.

Netanyahu is a two-term premier who takes credit for the relative stability of the Israeli economy and appeals to the Jewish state's burgeoning religious-nationalist sectors by championing the settlement of occupied land. He has sounded hawkish on the Palestinians and Iran but avoided big conflicts.



Long story at http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/05/us-israel-ele...

Sigh. Left of center in the U.S. seems to do a lot better at splintering than at uniting.
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