Hanegbi’s departure is another blow to the reeling Likud, which has gone downhill fast since Sharon quit the party two weeks ago. The Prime Minister has taken much of the Likud with him. And the latest poll shows the Likud would win just 12 seats in the 120-member parliament in early elections in March, down from its current 40. Sharon’s Forward Party would win 39 seats, while the dovish Labor Party would win 22.
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