Israel PM sitting pretty as election race commences
AFPJERUSALEM -- Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday kicked off his re-election bid after calling snap polls that he is tipped to win, presenting himself as the only hope of facing Iran and the world economic crisis.
October 11, 2012, 12:11 am TWN
Following his announcement late on Tuesday that the election was to be brought forward, Netanyahu fired the unofficial starting gun to a campaign expected to see Israelis go to the polls in January or February.
Although he did not give a date for the election, commentators said it was likely to take place between Jan. 22 and Feb. 12, with a date to be determined next week when parliament reconvenes for its winter session.