Result of primaries?
Poll: Likud Overtakes Labor at 26 Seats

Sudden increase of seats for right-wing bloc, as survey gives Likud top spot by largest margin yet in weeks of Labor dominating the polls.

Tova Dvorin,

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu votes in Likud primaries
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu votes in Likud primaries
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Likud will overtake Labor in the 2015 elections according to a TNS poll for Walla! Friday - and Yisrael Beytenu is expected to have lost several seats due to the ongoing corruption investigation against several of its top officials. 

Likud is projected to gain 26 seats, according to the poll, followed by Labor at 23, presenting one of the largest gaps between the two in the recent spate of polling.

Jewish Home once again is shown taking third at 16 seats, followed by 11 for the Arab parties running together on a joint list. 

The Center bloc then comes in with Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid at nine seats and Moshe Kahlon's Kulanu at eight.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman's Yisrael Beytenu would gain just seven seats if the elections were held today, tying with the hareidi United Torah Judaism (UTJ) and left-wing Meretz. Shas bottoms out the poll at six seats. 

Eli Yishai's Ha'am Itanu party is not showing making it past the Knesset threshold with polls divided as to whether it would make it. Otzma Yehudit is left out of the poll; the party has noted pollsters have admitted to not including the party in their surveys in an intentional media blackout. 

If fulfilled, the extra 2-5 seats projected for Likud could not only secure a right-wing government, but see crucial players in Likud during the 19th Knesset return to the government. According to the results for the Likud primaries, which were revealed Thursday, Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely is number 26 on the Knesset list. 

In terms of the Prime Minister, the vast majority of Israelis want to see Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu serve a fourth term. 40% of Israelis support Netanyahu for the post over Labor leader Yitzhak Herzog (24.3%). Far behind are Jewish Home Chairman and Economics Minister Naftali Bennett at 6.3%, Kahlon at 4.8%, Lapid at 4.6%, and Liberman trailing behind at 3.2%. 

Until now, weeks of polling have shown a distinct trend to support Labor in the upcoming elections, with a Likud-Labor tie the best case scenario for the right-wing bloc. 

Walla! attributes the change to the results of the Likud primaries, saying specifically that the composition of the Likud list - which it claims pushed down the list more "extreme" MKs such as MK Moshe Feiglin (who received an unrealistic spot).

The Hebrew-language site also claimed the list includes a balance of more "center" MKs such as former Shin Bet leader Avi Dichter at 20, with "hawks" such as MK Danny Danon at the 10 spot, Yariv Levin at 12, and Ze'ev Elkin at 8. 




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