Israeli voters give big gain to centrists

Netanyahu alliance loses 11 seats, early results show

Posted: January 23, 2013 at 12:55 a.m.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman greet their supporters in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. According to exit polls Netanyahu's Likud Party emerged as the largest faction in a hotly contested parliamentary election on Tuesday, positioning the hard-liner to serve a new term as prime minister. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged weakened and facing a redrawn political map Tuesday after early results showed a surge for a new centrist party, Yesh Atid, in Israel’s elections, making it a key element of a future coalition.

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