Latest polls give Netanyahu strong right-wing government

Thursday, December 25, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff  

The latest set of Israeli pre-election polls show Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party and allied right-wing Knesset factions winning a commanding 66 mandates in the upcoming general election.

Carried out by the Ma'agar Mohot survey company, the results of one poll broadcast on Israel's Channel 2 News on Tuesday showed Likud winning 31 Knesset seats when Israelis go to the ballot box on February 10.

Other right-wing parties like Yisrael Beiteinu, Shas and the newly-formed "Jewish Home" faction also gained in the latest poll.

Meanwhile, Tzipi Livni's Kadima Party, Ehud Barak's Labor Party and the extreme left-wing Meretz faction all went down or remained stagnant in the poll. Together the three main left-wing parties are predicted to win only 42 Knesset seats.

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