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David Ben-Gurion

Israel Premier Benjamin Netanyahu may be on his way out

In 1996, a canny and polished politician named Benjamin Netanyahu stormed onto the electoral scene and became Israel's youngest prime minister. An articulate and commanding presence, fluent in English, twice wounded in combat, he became a political force of nature, never far from the spotlight — or the minds of his rivals — even during the few years when he was out of power. Now, however, voters may finally be turning away from the 65-year-old leader. Trailing in the polls as he heads into Tuesday's general elections, the prime minister has acknowledged he is in danger of being dislodged, though the famously mercurial Israeli electorate may yet make a last-minute...