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Poll Shows Center-Right Gaining Slightly

Likud-Beytenu would grow from 31 to 34 seats, Jewish Home from 12 to 14.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 1/9/2014, 4:24 PM

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A new poll of voters shows the parties at the center and right of the political spectrum gaining slightly over their current state.

The Panels Institute poll shows Likud-Beytenu – which is comprised of the Likud and Yisrael Beytenu parties – receiving 34 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, compared with its current 31.

The religious-Zionist Jewish Home would receive 14 seats, compared to its current 12.

A big loser would be Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid, with just 13 seats – down 6 from the 19 it has in the 19th Knesset. The secularist party is considered somewhat left of center on security and borders, and extremely liberal on moral matters.

The traditional “right wing and religious” bloc would expand slightly, from its current 61 to 64. The bloc traditionally referred to as “left wing and Arab” would shrink slightly, from 59 to 56.

However, taking into account the state of perpetual siege Israel is in and the existential threat posed to it by genocidal neighbors – the Knesset would still be still extremely dovish, judging by the poll. Most of the seats lost by Yesh Atid would go to parties to its left.

Labor would receive 17 seats, up 2 from its present strength. Meretz would receive 10 (up from 6) and Hatnua would get 5 (down from 6). Kadima would no longer be represented in the Knesset.

Shas would get 9 (11), and United Torah Judaism would remain at its present strength with 7 seats.