Israeli Election Winner Faces Souring Economy

The Israeli election campaign that drew to a close on Feb. 9 paid little attention to the faltering state of the country's economy. The main focus has been on the aftermath of Israel's 22-day military operation in the Gaza Strip. That skirmish turned out to be a godsend for hawkish former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is tapped in the latest polls as front-runner to become Israel's next Prime Minister.

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