"the Israeli political landscape is rotated a further turn to the right ahead of the forthcoming elections."
"Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu – who is aiming for a fifth term in office – trying to shake off the challenger, and general Benny Gantz, by portraying him as a weak vänsterkandidat."
"Much is at stake for Netanyahu and his party Likud ahead of Tuesday's encounter at the polls. He wins, he can write himself in history as the israeli leader who spent the longest time in power, before the country's first prime minister David Ben-Gurion."
"– This is a battle for his survival, " says Reuven Hazan, professor of political science at the Hebrew university in Jerusalem."
"After years of failed peace negotiations with the palestinians, many israelis lost faith in the left's vision and the country's policy has been driven increasingly to the right. The only candidate with a chance to win against Netanyahu on Tuesday is the former commander-in-chief Benny Gantz, who heads the new mittenorienterade Blue and white-the alliance (after the israeli flag colors)."
"And he has targeted beating Netanyahu in the issue which is the basis for the prime minister's popularity: security. Gantz led the idf during the bloody Gazakriget 2014 against Hamas. He has done a large number of during their election campaign, inter alia, by emphasizing how many of the militant palestinians who have been killed under his leadership."
"at the same time trying to Gantz to not scare away mittenväljare by emphasizing that Israel should continue to pursue peace with the palestinians."
"Netanyahu has responded by portraying his challenger as a weak vänsterkandidat. The prime minister has also concluded an alliance with several hard-line politicians on the extreme right, which openly opposes a two-state solution and want Israel annexes the occupied west bank."
"He has also begun to talk about Israel's previously secret air strikes against his arch-nemesis Iran in Syria. In their counterattacks against the data on corruption, the prime minister borrowed the concept "
"the trump card for Netanyahu, at the side of the safety issue, is the good economic growth that Israel experienced under his rule."
"the Prime minister's Likud has been following Gantz batch of the multiple measurements for the election. But the Netanyahu-led alliance of right-wing parties still out to be able to secure a majority in parliament, the knesset."
"Benjamin Netanyahu was born in 1949 in Tel Aviv, grew up in Jerusalem and educated in the united states."
"As the leader of the party Likud, he has been the prime minister from 1996 to 1999 and now since 2009. He is the state of Israel's ninth prime minister and has had other ministerial posts in the past."
"In the army served"
"Netanyahu gave himself into politics since his brother Yonatan killed in an attempt to rescue israeli hostages on board a hijacked plane in Entebbe in Uganda in 1976."
"In politics and the negotiations with the palestinians, he has traditionally taken a hard line, but at the same time have gone on some concessions."
"Sources: BBC, Reuters, the israeli foreign ministry"