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Op strengthens right-wing parties — poll

A Channel 2 poll shows that Operation Protective Edge has strengthened Israel’s right-wing parties.

The results of a survey of 500 people indicate that if elections were to be held today, Netanyahu’s Likud party would receive 23 seats (compared to the 20 it currently has), Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu would receive 12 (up from its current 11), and Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party would garner 15 seats (it presently holds 12).

Meanwhile, the centrist Yesh Atid party, headed by Finance Minister Yair Lapid, would drop dramatically from its current 19 seats to 10, and the Sephardic, ultra-Orthodox Shas party would lose three seats (8). The center-left Labor party sees a small decrease, going from 15 to 14 seats.

Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua party, the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party, and the Arab parties would all receive the same number of seats they currently hold.

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