With two days before Israel’s general election, opinion polls show some 20 percent of Israelis still remain undecided.
Most of the campaign has been a 3 horse race, dominated by the usual suspects from Likud, Kadima and the Labour party. The front runner, but only just, is former premier Benyamin Netanyahu. He accuses the government of ending its recent pummelling of Gaza too soon. However, he seems unlikely to achieve an outright win. Polls predict Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni’s Kadima party will finish in second place. Labour’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak lags even further behind. Despite both leaders trying to cash in on their roles during the recent war, polls suggest Israelis remain concerned over their handling of the offensive and the economy. The dark horse, whose suddenly come up from the outside, is former nightclub bouncer Avigdor Lieberman. The head of the ultranationalist party Yisrael Beitenu lies in third place overall. Despite many Israelis still unsure who they will plum for, whoever wins will be most likely forced to form another fragile coalition.