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Poll: Bibi, Liberman Could Get 40 Seats

Survey finds ‘Likud Beytenu’ leaders could get 40 seats – but only if they part ways.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 2/11/2014, 4:18 PM

Liberman and Netanyahu at a faction meeting earlier this year
Liberman and Netanyahu at a faction meeting earlier this year
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman could have 40 seats in the next Knesset, according to a new poll – but only if they part ways.

A survey conducted by TNS Teleseker for Walla! news found that the Likud Beytenu party currently headed by Netanyahu and Liberman would win an estimated 35 seats if elections were held today. The party currently holds 31 seats.

However, the poll found that if the Likud and Yisrael Beytenu factions were to part ways, the two parties would come close to 40 seats.

The survey found the Jewish Home party to be gaining popularity as well. The party would have an estimated 13-14 seats, compared to the 12 seats it currently enjoys.

Parties on the political left were not predicted to gain support: the poll predicted 15 seats for the Labor party and 6 seats for Meretz, results identical to each party’s current Knesset standing.

Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party received 14-15 seats’ worth of support in the poll, down from the party’s current 19 seats, but up from the dismal predictions released shortly after the 2014 budget was approved.