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Who is the star of Israel's election?

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Israel's long election campaign is in the home straight and voters will head for the polls on Tuesday to choose between the bewildering array of 34 parties fighting for seats in the Knesset.

The headline from the last opinion polls at the end of last week was close to the message from the ones at the start of the campaign.

It seems that Benjamin Netanyahu will almost certainly be prime minister again.

However, the BBC's Middle East correspondent Kevin Connolly reports that Mr Netanyahu has not had a comfortable campaign.

His Likud movement has lost ground to a new party on the Israeli right headed by his former chief of staff, Naftali Bennett, who opposed to international plans for the creation of a Palestinian State on the West Bank of the River Jordan.


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