Four days ahead of elections in Israel and there are signs of panic in the ruling party about the likely result.
The interim Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, says he is worried he will end up with a narrow victory, and it will be difficult to put together a stable coalition government. Latest opinion polls suggest Olmert’s centrist Kadima party will score about 36 of the 120 seats in the Knesset, just 15 seats more than his closest rival, Labour. Political expert Ari Shavit said: “One of the impressive things about this election campaign is that for the first time the Israeli voter has a real choice between three different persons who really represent three different ideas about the country. In this sense the Israeli voter does have a choice now which he didn’t have in the past.” The latest opinion polls put the right-wing Likud party of Benjamin Netanyahu in third place, expected to win about 14 seats. The left-wing Labour party led by former trade union chief Amir Peretz is in second place in the polls with 21 seats.