Poll: Kadima Crashing to 3 Knesset Seats (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 05/17/12)
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Kadima, the largest faction in the present Knesset, would crash from
28 seats to just 3 if elections were held today, according to a new
poll conducted by the Panels Institute for the Knesset Channel.
The party was expected to lose much of its power in the next
elections but the extremely unfavorable poll appears to be a direct
result of the deal that party leader Shaul Mofaz recently made with
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, in which Kadima entered the
Polls held shortly after that deal showed Mofaz losing popularity.
Many of the seats lost by Kadima would go to the newly formed Yesh
Atid party headed by journalist Yair Lapid. The poll gives Lapid 17
Likud is at 30 Knesset seats, more or less as it has been in other
recent polls. Labor reaches 20 seats and becomes the second-largest
Avigdor Lieberman´s Yisrael Beytenu receives 12 seats, Shas – which
currently has 11 – gets only 6, United Torah Judaism stays with the
current 5, the National Union climbs to 9 and the Jewish Home
Meretz doubles its power to receive 6 seats.
The projection gives the so-called right-religious bloc 62 seats and
makes a Likud-coalition with more Lapid likely. (IsraelNationalNews ©
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