Netanyahu set for victory in Israeli election

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) makes a speech next to his wife Sara late on March 17, 2015 in the city of Tel AvivWith nearly all the votes counted Wednesday in Israel’s rollercoaster election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looked set for a triumphant return that will likely deepen tensions with the Palestinians and the West. His Likud party was on course for 29 seats in the 120-member parliament with 96 percent of ballots tallied, while his nearest rival the centre-left Zionist Union trailed with 24, public radio said. The Central Elections Committee website said Likud had garnered just over 23 percent of the vote and the Zionist Union almost 19 percent. He had put security at the forefront of his campaign, arguing he is the only one capable of protecting Israel from an Iranian nuclear threat and vowing never to allow the Palestinians to establish a capital in east Jerusalem.

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