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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:44 PM

Israeli PM Netanyahu suddenly seems vulnerable

JERUSALEM (AP) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who appeared to be cruising to re-election a few weeks ago, suddenly appears vulnerable as the country prepares to go to the polls in January.

The political comeback of a popular former foreign minister on Tuesday, coupled with the ruling Likud Party's selection of an especially hard-line slate of candidates, has suddenly raised questions about Netanyahu's prospects. Eager to portray Netanyahu as an extremist, opposition parties see an opportunity to mount a formidable challenge to the Israeli leader.

Ousting Netanyahu remains a formidable task, but the return of Tzipi Livni, who served as Israel's foreign minister and chief peace negotiator from 2006 to 2009, injected a high-profile name into what had been a lackluster race. Well respected internationally, Livni immediately took aim at what she called a "leadership vacuum" and promised an aggressive push for peace with the Palestinians.

"I came to fight for peace," she said. "And I won't allow anyone to turn peace into a bad word."


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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:48 PM

1. Tzipi Livini REALLY needs to lead Israel, not Bibi


And it's time end all hawkish behavior on Gaza and Iran.

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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:57 PM

2. Totally agree, and it would be a wonderful surprise.


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