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Israeli voters punish Netanyahu but keep him in power

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) waves to supporters as he stands with his party members at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) waves to supporters as he stands with his party members at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) waves to supporters as he stands with his party members at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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REFILE - CORRECTING DATE Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he stands next to former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

REFILE - CORRECTING DATE Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he stands next to former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS...more

REFILE - CORRECTING DATE Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he stands next to former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. Hawkish Prime Minister Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner of Israel's election on Tuesday, claiming victory despite unexpected losses to resurgent centre-left challengers. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. Hawkish Prime Minister Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner of Israel's election on Tuesday, claiming victory despite...more

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. Hawkish Prime Minister Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner of Israel's election on Tuesday, claiming victory despite unexpected losses to resurgent centre-left challengers. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) waves to supporters as he stands next to former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman (L) at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. Hawkish Prime Minister Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner of Israel's election on Tuesday, claiming victory despite unexpected losses to resurgent centre-left challengers. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) waves to supporters as he stands next to former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman (L) at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. Hawkish Prime Minister Netanyahu emerged the bruised...more

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) waves to supporters as he stands next to former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman (L) at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. Hawkish Prime Minister Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner of Israel's election on Tuesday, claiming victory despite unexpected losses to resurgent centre-left challengers. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters upon arrival at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. Hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner of Israel's election on Tuesday, claiming victory despite unexpected losses to resurgent centre-left challengers. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters upon arrival at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. Hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner of Israel's election on Tuesday, claiming...more

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters upon arrival at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. Hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner of Israel's election on Tuesday, claiming victory despite unexpected losses to resurgent centre-left challengers. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party, gestures in front of supporters at his party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. The surprise star of Israel's election on Tuesday is Lapid, a former television news anchor whose centrist party, exit polls showed, soared to second place in the balloting only months after he joined politics. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party, gestures in front of supporters at his party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. The surprise star of Israel's election on Tuesday is Lapid, a former television news anchor whose...more

Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party, gestures in front of supporters at his party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. The surprise star of Israel's election on Tuesday is Lapid, a former television news anchor whose centrist party, exit polls showed, soared to second place in the balloting only months after he joined politics. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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Supporters of the far right Bayit Yehudi party headed by Naftali Bennett celebrate at the party's headquarters in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Supporters of the far right Bayit Yehudi party headed by Naftali Bennett celebrate at the party's headquarters in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Supporters of the far right Bayit Yehudi party headed by Naftali Bennett celebrate at the party's headquarters in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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Supporters of Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party celebrate at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Supporters of Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party celebrate at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Supporters of Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party celebrate at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Head of the Bayit Yehudi party Naftali Bennett waves to supporters at his party's headquarters in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Head of the Bayit Yehudi party Naftali Bennett waves to supporters at his party's headquarters in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Head of the Bayit Yehudi party Naftali Bennett waves to supporters at his party's headquarters in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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A supporter of the Likud party holds up a campaign banner depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he celebrates after the exit polls were announced at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

A supporter of the Likud party holds up a campaign banner depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he celebrates after the exit polls were announced at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags:...more

A supporter of the Likud party holds up a campaign banner depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he celebrates after the exit polls were announced at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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Supporter of Israel's Labour party cheer in front of banners depicting party leader Shelly Yachimovich after the exit polls were announced at the party's headquarters in Beit Berl, north of Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. Hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner of Israel's election on Tuesday, claiming victory despite unexpected losses to resurgent centre-left challengers. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Supporter of Israel's Labour party cheer in front of banners depicting party leader Shelly Yachimovich after the exit polls were announced at the party's headquarters in Beit Berl, north of Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. Hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin...more

Supporter of Israel's Labour party cheer in front of banners depicting party leader Shelly Yachimovich after the exit polls were announced at the party's headquarters in Beit Berl, north of Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. Hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner of Israel's election on Tuesday, claiming victory despite unexpected losses to resurgent centre-left challengers. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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Supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party celebrate after the exit polls were announced at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party celebrate after the exit polls were announced at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party celebrate after the exit polls were announced at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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A supporter of Israel's Labour party stands near a campaign banner depicting party leader Shelly Yachimovich after the exit polls were announced at the party's headquarters in Beit Berl, north of Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. Hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner of Israel's election on Tuesday, claiming victory despite unexpected losses to resurgent centre-left challengers. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

A supporter of Israel's Labour party stands near a campaign banner depicting party leader Shelly Yachimovich after the exit polls were announced at the party's headquarters in Beit Berl, north of Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. Hawkish Prime Minister...more

A supporter of Israel's Labour party stands near a campaign banner depicting party leader Shelly Yachimovich after the exit polls were announced at the party's headquarters in Beit Berl, north of Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. Hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner of Israel's election on Tuesday, claiming victory despite unexpected losses to resurgent centre-left challengers. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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Supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party celebrate after the exit polls were announced at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party celebrate after the exit polls were announced at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party celebrate after the exit polls were announced at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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Supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party celebrate after the exit polls were announced at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party celebrate after the exit polls were announced at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party celebrate after the exit polls were announced at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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Supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party celebrate after the exit polls were announced at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party celebrate after the exit polls were announced at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party celebrate after the exit polls were announced at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu casts his ballot for the parliamentary election at a polling station in Jerusalem January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Uriel Sinai/Pool

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu casts his ballot for the parliamentary election at a polling station in Jerusalem January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Uriel Sinai/Pool

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu casts his ballot for the parliamentary election at a polling station in Jerusalem January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Uriel Sinai/Pool
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2ndL), his wife Sara (L) and their sons Yair (2nd R) and Avner (R) pose for a photograph after casting their ballots for the parliamentary election at a polling station in Jerusalem January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Uriel Sinai/Pool

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2ndL), his wife Sara (L) and their sons Yair (2nd R) and Avner (R) pose for a photograph after casting their ballots for the parliamentary election at a polling station in Jerusalem January 22, 2013....more

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2ndL), his wife Sara (L) and their sons Yair (2nd R) and Avner (R) pose for a photograph after casting their ballots for the parliamentary election at a polling station in Jerusalem January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Uriel Sinai/Pool
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Naftali Bennett, leader of the Bayit Yehudi party, holds an envelope with his ballot before casting it for the parliamentary election at a polling station in Raanana, near Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Naftali Bennett, leader of the Bayit Yehudi party, holds an envelope with his ballot before casting it for the parliamentary election at a polling station in Raanana, near Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Naftali Bennett, leader of the Bayit Yehudi party, holds an envelope with his ballot before casting it for the parliamentary election at a polling station in Raanana, near Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Nir Elias
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A boy helps his father place a ballot into an envelope at a polling station in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Kochav Ya'acov, north of Jerusalem January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A boy helps his father place a ballot into an envelope at a polling station in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Kochav Ya'acov, north of Jerusalem January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A boy helps his father place a ballot into an envelope at a polling station in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Kochav Ya'acov, north of Jerusalem January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Naftali Bennett, leader of the Bayit Yehudi party, gestures after casting his vote for the parliamentary election at a polling station in Raanana, near Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Naftali Bennett, leader of the Bayit Yehudi party, gestures after casting his vote for the parliamentary election at a polling station in Raanana, near Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Naftali Bennett, leader of the Bayit Yehudi party, gestures after casting his vote for the parliamentary election at a polling station in Raanana, near Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Nir Elias
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An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stands near a booth at a polling station in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Kochav Ya'acov, north of Jerusalem, January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stands near a booth at a polling station in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Kochav Ya'acov, north of Jerusalem, January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stands near a booth at a polling station in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Kochav Ya'acov, north of Jerusalem, January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touches the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City after casting his ballot for the parliamentary election January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Uriel Sinai/Pool

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touches the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City after casting his ballot for the parliamentary election January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Uriel Sinai/Pool

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touches the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City after casting his ballot for the parliamentary election January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Uriel Sinai/Pool
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A baby waits in a pram as her mother casts her ballot for parliamentary elections at a polling station in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Elon Moreh, near Nablus January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A baby waits in a pram as her mother casts her ballot for parliamentary elections at a polling station in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Elon Moreh, near Nablus January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A baby waits in a pram as her mother casts her ballot for parliamentary elections at a polling station in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Elon Moreh, near Nablus January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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