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Netanyahu fights for political life a week before Israel votes

• by Mike Smith

With the September 17 vote looming, Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud drew outrage from opposition parties with a push for last-minute legislation that would allow party officials to bring cameras to polling stations.

His critics labelled it a naked attempt to depress turnout among Israel's Arab population, as it could intimidate many into staying away.

They also pointed out that it could serve to energise Netanyahu's base of right-wing voters due to his warnings -- so far unfounded -- that the election could be stolen.

The premier says he is only interested in protecting the integrity of the vote and preventing fraud.