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Tzipi Livni, December 3, 2014. AFP photo

By Asher Schechter
Haaretz

Israel: Come March 17, Tzipi Livni might just actually unseat Benjamin Netanyahu. For the recently-fired justice minister this should serve as long-waited, much-welcomed vengeance: Netanyahu, after all, not only sacked her last week but also took her chance to become prime minister in 2009, after she won the most seats in the Knesset but failed to form a coalition by herself.

According to a poll conducted this week by Channel 10 news, the just-announced unified center-left bloc headed by Livni and Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog would defeat Likud and Netanyahu, with 22 seats in the Knesset as opposed to Netanyahu’s (or former Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar, should he choose to run in the Likud primaries and win) 20.

What makes this poll – and a similar one published earlier this week by the Knesset television channel…

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