State Department cable analyzing the unpredictability of Israel's 1988 election:
Summary: 18 days to the Israeli elections. Campaign events are now a daily phenomenon throughout the country and television/radio election broadcasts are getting nastier. Key Likud campaign leaders we spoke to in the last week believed the odds favored Likud emerging as the largest party, while their Labor counterparts told us they saw the election ending in a dead heat. Two telephone-based surveys gave Labor a lead over Likud and an edge in forming a government. But it is still too difficult to call this election. There are too many unknowns….
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Source: US State Department