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Israeli Election Bared Ethnic Tensions Among Jews

Israel's visceral election campaign has exposed a rift that many here thought had long subsided: the deep-seated schism between Jews of European and Middle Eastern descent. Leading up to the March 17 vote, Mizrahi, or Middle Eastern, Jews heavily backed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party, while Ashkenazi, or European, Jews mostly identified with the opposition Zionist Union. While that dynamic has gone on for a while, passions ran particularly high this time – with...

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