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Israeli candidates slug it out through Web ads
Israeli candidates slug it out through Web ads

The young Israeli couple are waiting nervously for the babysitter before an evening out. Hearing a knock at the door, they open it to a most surprising sight: Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu is standing with a sly grin on their threshold. "You ordered a babysitter?" he says. "You got a Bibi-sitter." The pun, which works in both English and Hebrew, has become one of the signature moments of Israel's election campaign, which has been heavily conducted through slick online videos that sometimes come closer to TV sitcom fare than to traditional campaign ads. In a country that celebrates both irreverence and in-your-face politics, both have been...