Likud, Labor tied at 24 Knesset seats each, poll finds
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Likud, Labor tied at 24 Knesset seats each, poll finds

Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu (10) overtakes Yesh Atid (9); Eli Yishai’s new party teeters on edge of electoral threshold

Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Tzipi Livni during a plenum session in the Knesset in June 2014. (photo credit: Flash90)
Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Tzipi Livni during a plenum session in the Knesset in June 2014. (photo credit: Flash90)

Likud and the joint Labor-Hatnua list will tie at 24 Knesset seats apiece in the upcoming election, according to a poll published by Channel 2 Monday evening. Jewish Home would win 16 seats and newcomer Kulanu, led by Moshe Kahlon, would win 10, beating Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid by one seat, the poll predicted.

Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu would win eight seats, a marked drop from the party’s current 13. Beytenu has been plagued by allegations of corruption over the past week, with several current and past senior members of the party detained and interrogated by police.

United Torah Judaism would win seven seats and Shas would win six.

Like Yisrael Beytenu, Shas has also been sailing choppy seas following the publication on Sunday of video footage from 2008 showing the party’s late spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, warning in a conversation with his family and confidants that voters would flee the party if Aryeh Deri — who was convicted on bribery charges — would return to lead it after his release from prison.

Deri said Monday, following the release of the footage, that he wished to resign from the leadership of the party.

The poll was conducted before the video footage was released.

Shas accused Eli Yishai, who was pushed out of Shas earlier this month and who established his own party, of leaking the footage.

According to Monday’s poll, Yishai’s party would not pass the electoral threshold, although it was close to receiving the requisite 3.25 percent of the vote, which is equivalent to four Knesset seats.

Arab parties United Arab List and Balad would win six and five seats, respectively. The left-wing Meretz is expected to win 5 seats.

The poll included 500 people 18 or older, and its margin of error was 4.5%.

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