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        12/14/2012, Tevet 1, 5773

      Dahaf Poll: Likud-Beyteinu Eroding, Russians Coming Up


      If the Knesset elections were held today, the Likud-Beyteinu list would lead with 35 seats, compared to estimates as high as 39 in recent weeks, according to a survey by the Dahaf organization, published Friday in the Yediot Acharonot daily. Second in the religious/right camp with 11 mandates each are the Shas and Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party), followed by Yahadut Hatorah (United Torah Judaism) with six for a total of 63 seats.

      Labor leads the center left with 19, followed by Tzipi Livni's Hatenu'ah with 11 and Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid with eight. Meretz rounds out the list of qualifying Jewish parties with three for a total of 41. The predominantly Arab bloc totals 11. A number of parties have enough votes for two seats, which is not enough to get in or stay in. One of them is the Hayisraelim party, headed by Russian-language cable television's David Kun, which has not been mentioned until now.