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World Citizen: Primary Vote Shocks Likud Leaders

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008

Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's chances of returning to power in Israel received an unexpected and potentially devastating blow following Tuesday's primary vote by members of his party. Likud voters watered down their party leader's entire electoral strategy, thus reviving the chances that Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and her Kadima party will have another opportunity to form a government.

The conventional wisdom -- and what all opinion polls still predict -- is that Netanyahu will become Israel's new prime minister after next February's election. And yet, conventional wisdom is often wrong, and this may well prove one of those times. ...

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