Israel's Netanyahu Expected to Win Third Term

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Israelis are heading to the polls Tuesday to elect a new government. Current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to win a third term.

Conservative and religious parties are expected to form the bulk of Netanyahu's government. Dominating the right is the joint party of Netanyahu and Avigdor Leiberman called Likud-Beiteinu.

"There are reports that in regions that have traditionally been Likud strongholds, turnout has been lower than the national average," Netanyahu noted. "I therefore call on all generations of Likud voters to drop everything and go vote."

CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell has more on the election outcome, on CBN Newswatch, Jan. 22.

The prime minister is hoping to bring some centrists in as well.
  
The Jewish state is facing one of the most difficult periods in its history. It's increasingly isolated in the international community over the Palestinian Authority situation. It also faces a threat from Iran's quest for nuclear weapons
    
Israelis are also facing a declining economy and budget deficits.

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