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        9/28/2012, Tishrei 12, 5773

      Poll: Nine Seats for Religious Zionists


      If elections were held today, the National Union and Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party) would combine for nine seats in the Knesset, according to a survey published Friday by the Globes business publication. The poll, undertaken by the Rafi Smith Institute, showed Bayit Yehudi rising two mandates to five, while the National Union stayed at four seats.

      The Likud party led with 28, an increase of one. Opposition leader Kadima's current 28 would crumble to four. Labor would rise to 19 from the eight that remained after Ehud Barak and four others left. Barak's Atzma'ut party would fall from its current five to two. Yisrael Beytenu would rise from 15 to 16 and Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party would enter the Knesset with 11 seats. while the Meretz/New Left party would rise one mandate to four seats. The Sephardic hareidi Shas party would slip a seat to ten, while United Torah Judaism would go from five seats to six seats.

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