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Tie Vote Saves Netanyahu’s Job

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote with a tie Monday.

Netanyahu’s former foreign minister, David Levy, voted with the opposition, as did four of the five members of Levy’s Gesher faction, cementing their break with the governing coalition.

The 54-54 tie in the 120-seat Parliament fell short of the 61 needed to topple the government.

But the tie underscored Netanyahu’s extremely difficult political situation eight days before he is due in Washington to meet President Clinton, who expects a concrete offer on Israel’s long-delayed West Bank troop pullback.