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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ex-Generals Top Polls

JERUSALEM () -- Israel's two main political parties, promising to deliver security and peace, will go into national elections May 29 with popular former generals among their top candidates for parliament.


Supporters of the opposition Likud party chose candidates Tuesday, a day after Prime Minister Shimon Peres' Labor party, held its primary election.


The Likud list was led by retired general Yitzhak Mordechai, a newcomer to politics whose first-place finish early Wednesday, was a surprise. He was followed by hardliner Ariel Sharon, a former army chief and defense minister and one of the architects of Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon.


Labor's list was headed by Tourism Minister Uzi Baram, but top spots also went to four ex-generals.