Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands with his wife Sara after voting during Israel's parliamentary elections in occupied Jerusalem, on March 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / SEBASTIAN SCHEINER
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As Israel votes, Netanyahu takes swipe at ArabsWith his political future in question, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday made a list-ditch appeal to hard-liners as the country went to the polls in a tight parliamentary election, saying that high Arab voter turnout was endangering his right wing party's dominance. Opinion polls had shown a close race heading into the vote, with Netanyahu's opponents, led by Isaac Herzog of the centrist Zionist Union, in a slight lead. The last available poll was published Friday, when a significant number of voters were still undecided, meaning the race was still too close to call. But amid signs that his six-year reign could be in jeopardy, Netanyahu has veered sharply to the right in the closing days of the campaign. Netanyahu's comments toward Israeli Arab voters were remarkable because they targeted Israeli citizens, and they quickly attracted accusations of racism.Netanyahu has governed for the past six years and has long been the most dominant personality in Israeli politics.If Netanyahu were to be re-elected, it would be more difficult for him to argue that Israel is a partner in U.S.-led peace efforts.
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