Polls: Kadima up two seats after Jericho raid

Thursday, March 16, 2006 | 
Kadima gained two seats in the polls following Wednesday’s raid of a Jericho jail when the Israeli army nabbed top terrorist leaders and convicted assassins. Opponents criticized Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for launching the raid in time for elections to prove that he is tough on terrorism. Olmert, Kadima’s leading candidate, has been accused of a centrist to left-leaning stance regarding national security. While Kadima gained in the polls, Labor fell one Knesset seat to 19 and Likud gained one seat to 15. Israel’s religious parties are steadily holding on to their seats while some leftwing parties have lost seats, according to a recent poll in Israeli newspaper, Yediot Aharanot.

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