Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:57 am
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party face challenges from the left and right in today's election in Israel. Netanyahu's party has slipped in recent voter surveys, with approaches to a potential Palestinian state and the economy emerging as the top issues.
Another fault line opened up over the prime minister's controversial visit and speech to the U.S. Congress, a trip that deepened tensions with the White House. Netanyahu's opponents seized on the opportunity to say they would work to strengthen ties with America's leaders to ensure their country's security.
Very early on in Escape from Baghdad!, before we realize how many murderous forces and literary genres are about to crash into each other, two friends are holed up in a safehouse in the South Ghazaliya neighborhood. Saddam Hussein has just been deposed; outside, the Madhi Army has just finished another minor street battle with a rival militia, and our heroes Dagr and Kinza are in possession of a stash of black market weapons and a captive: One of Saddam's head torturers.