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  • *Netanyahu closes gap with Herzog's Zionist Union- exit polls. JERUSALEM, March 18- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party swept past its main rival, the centre-left Zionist Union, after nearly all votes were counted in Israel's election on Wednesday. By morning, with results in from 99 percent of polling stations, Likud had powered past the...

  • A better-than-expected showing by the Israeli prime minister in Tuesday's closely fought election raises the prospect that he could remain a thorn in Obama's side, with the two men increasingly at odds over Iran diplomacy and Middle East peacemaking. "Looks like the White House will need to let the champagne chill a bit longer," Aaron David Miller, a former...

  • Netanyahu likely to get a new term: DCIA   Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 7:50 PM ET
    Netanyahu likely to get a new term: DCIA

    Christian Whiton, principal at DC International Advisory (DCIA), discusses the stiff competition in Israel's election and explains what a new term for the incumbent prime minister means for the country.

  • *Netanyahu closes gap with Herzog's Zionist Union- exit polls. Isaac Herzog, Netanyahu's chief opponent and head of the center-left Zionist Union, said "everything is still open" and that he had already spoken to party leaders about forming a government. But after days in which Zionist Union appeared poised to defeat Netanyahu's Likud, the exit polls put the two...

  • *Netanyahu closes gap with Herzog's Zionist Union- polls. Two television polls, for Channel 10 and Channel 1, said Likud and Herzog's Zionist Union had each secured 27 seats each in the 120- member Knesset. In the final days of the campaign, opinion polls had given Zionist Union a lead of three to four seats over Likud, a margin that appeared to give Herzog a fighting...

  • JERUSALEM, March 17- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was locked in a fight for his political survival on Tuesday as Israelis voted in an election that opinion polls predict he could lose to his centre-left opponents. On election day he accused left-wing groups of trying to remove him from power by busing Arab Israeli voters to polling stations, a statement...

  • If he narrowly loses the vote, Netanyahu is probably still better placed than the opposition Zionist Union to cobble together a coalition, setting him on track to become Israel's longest-serving prime minister. However, a fourth term would probably also prolong his prickly relationship with Israel's main ally, the United States, at least as long as Barack...

  • Why Israel's election is a big deal in the US Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 1:32 PM ET
    A ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stands behind a voting booth at a polling station in Jerusalem March 17, 2015.

    As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fights for reelection, here's what you need to know — from candidates to coalitions, reports NBC News.

  • CNBC update: Sotheby's and eBay team up   Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 10:28 AM ET
    CNBC update: Sotheby's and eBay team up

    Israelis are going to the polls to decide the political fate of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Apple is reportedly in talks with programmers to offer a small bundle of TV networks, and Sotheby's is teaming with eBay, reports CNBC's Sue Herera.

  • Election day in Israel   Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 7:37 AM ET
    Election day in Israel

    Dan Senor, Foreign Policy Initiative, weighs in on the close election in Israel as PM Benjamin Netanyahu fights to remain the country's leader.

  • Polls show close election in Israel   Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 6:25 AM ET
    Polls show close election in Israel

    NBC's Tracie Potts reports the latest developments on the elections in Israel.

  • JERUSALEM, March 17- Millions of Israelis voted on Tuesday in a tightly fought election, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to defeat a strong campaign by the centre-left opposition to deny him a fourth term in office. If he wins again he would be on track to become Israel's longest-serving prime minister. When the last opinion polls...

  • *Graph of Israel election polls: http://link.reuters.com/zuh34w. Although Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party is traditionally viewed as more pro-business, leading industrialists say a government led by the Zionist Union opposition is unlikely to pursue an anti-business agenda. Dov Moran, a leading high-tech entrepreneur and...

  • *PM offers Finance Ministry to rival days before election. Speaking to a rally of thousands of supporters of Israel's right-wing parties from behind a bulletproof screen at Tel Aviv's main square, Netanyahu warned that the right-wing government he leads could be voted out of office. Final opinion polls published on Friday predicted the centre-left Zionist...

  • JERUSALEM, March 15- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, trailing in opinion polls two days before a parliamentary election, publicly offered on Sunday the Finance Ministry portfolio to a potentially king-making rival. Facing possible upset defeat in the March 17 vote, Netanyahu has launched a media blitz to counter what appears to be a rising tide of...

  • *Graph of Israel election polls: http://link.reuters.com/zuh34w. JERUSALEM, March 10- Whoever wins Israel's election next week must answer demands for relief from soaring housing prices and a high cost of living, but the days of big state spending on social programmes are unlikely to return. By contrast, fewer than 30 percent say they are most concerned by the...

  • Kerry wraps up diplomacy with Iran deal seen close Saturday, 7 Mar 2015 | 2:41 PM ET
    John Kerry

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up diplomacy within what experts say is striking distance of a nuclear deal with Iran.

  • UNITED NATIONS, March 5- Iran's foreign minister on Thursday suggested that a 10- year moratorium on some aspects of the country's nuclear program might be acceptable to Tehran, though he declined to discuss the issue in detail. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday that Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear...

  • UNITED NATIONS, March 5- Iran's foreign minister on Thursday suggested that a 10- year moratorium on some aspects of the country's nuclear program might be acceptable to Tehran, though he declined to discuss the issue in detail. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday that Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States this week to take a tough line against Iran, he argued that world powers could always push for a better nuclear deal because the Islamic Republic was vulnerable to low oil prices. But the claim that lower oil prices can sway Iran, a major crude producer, into making greater...