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        12/27/2012, Tevet 14, 5773

      Otzma Leyisrael Qualifies in Knesset Channel Poll


      If the January Knesset elections were held today, the Otzma Leyisrael party, headed by Knesset members Aryeh Eldad and Michael Ben-Ari, would qualify for the Knesset with three seats, according to a survey, released Thursday evening, by the Knesset Channel. The third seat would go to Ben-Ari aide Itamar Ben-Gvir. The Likud-Beyteinu list led with 34 mandates, followed on the religious or right side of the aisle by Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party) 14, Shas 10,  Yahadut Hatorah (United Torah Judaism) 6 and Otzma Leyisrael for 67 seats if friction does not drive Shas out of the coalition.

      On the center-left-predominantly Arab side of the aisle, Labor led with 18, followed by Yesh Atid's 10, Hatenu'ah 8, the Ra'am Ta'al United Arab List 5, Meretz  and Hadash  each with 4. Am Shalem and Balad were within striking distance of qualifying with two theoretical seats each, while Kadima did not post enough to qualify.