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  1/18/2013, Shevat 7, 5773

Final Polls: Right-Hareidi 63 - Center-Left-Arabs 57


With four days to go in the election campaign, the right-hareidi bloc would receive 63 Knesset seats and the center-left-Arab parties would receive 57 mandates, according to polls published, Friday, in the Yediot Acharonot and Ha'aretz dailies. Likud-Beyteinu's current strength of 42 seats has been whittled to 32 in both papers' final polls, whichgave Labor 17 to top the center-left.

Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party would get 13 mandates in the Yediot poll, passing Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party), which slipped to 12, for the first time in months. The Sephardic-hareidi Shas party got 12 in the Ha'aretz poll, 11 in the Yediot survey. Both papers gave Tzipi Livni's Hatenu'ah eight seats. Her former Kadima party apparently went from the largest Knesset faction (28 mandates) to barely passing the two-percent minimum and receiving two seats. In the Yediot ֲ poll, Otzma Leyisrael qualifies under the same conditions while in Ha'aretz it doesn't.