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        10/26/2012, Cheshvan 10, 5773

      Likud-Beytenu Poll: Party Merger Adds Five Seats

      Internal surveys taken by the Likud's Binyamin Netanyahu and Yisrael Beytenu's Avigdor Lieberman before Thursday evening's announcement of the union of the two Knesset lists indicate the joint list will take 47 mandates in January's election, according to a Friday-morning report by the Haaretz daily. The two parties currently occupy 42 seats and some analysts said, Thursday evening, that the union might result in a 50-mandate bloc.

      Aside from Netanyahu and Lieberman occupying the top two spots, the rest of the list will be based on the ratio of nine Likud candidates for every five Yisrael Beytenu candidates, based on the current strength of 27 Likud mandates and 15 Yisrael-Beytenu seats.