Likud-Beytenu holding steady despite Liberman indictment, poll finds

Ruling party projected to win 37 seats, spearheading a 64-seat strong right-wing bloc

Yisrael Beytenu Chairman Avigdor Liberman (photo credit: Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)
Yisrael Beytenu Chairman Avigdor Liberman (photo credit: Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)

If elections were to be held today, the right-wing bloc, led by the joint Likud-Yisrael Beytenu list, would win 64 Knesset seats, and 56 seats would go to the center-left bloc, according to a poll published by the Hebrew news site Walla on Tuesday.

The results reflected a two-seat increase for the right-wing parties over predictions made by a similar poll that the website conducted last week. According to the poll, despite the indictment of Avigdor Liberman and his subsequent resignation from the foreign ministership this week, the Likud-Beytenu list retains its strength.

On the right, Likud-Beytenu, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Liberman, would garner 37 seats; ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism would receive 11 and five seats, respectively; and the Jewish Home party would win 11 seats, up from nine last week.

Toward the center of the political spectrum, the poll pegged the Labor Party at 17 seats, while Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua (The Movement) party was projected to win 10, down one from last week, with its rival in the center, the Yesh Atid party, given 12 seats, up one. Kadima, led by Shaul Mofaz, was projected to send two representatives to parliament.

Further to the left, Meretz was given four seats, with Hadash receiving three seats, and the United Arab List and Balad winning five and three seats, respectively.

The Am Shalem and Otzma Leyisrael parties were projected to fall short of the two-seat electoral threshold.

The poll was conducted among 500 respondents aged 18 and over throughout the country and had a margin of error of two Knesset seats.

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