Zionist Union Maintains Advantage in Final Polls

Final pre-election polls show that the “Zionist Union” is maintaining a four-seat lead over the Likud.

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Final pre-election polls released on Friday evening show that the “Zionist Union”, headed by Yitzhak Herzog and Tzipi Livni, is maintaining a four-seat lead over the Likud headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

According to election laws in Israel polls cannot be released in the final three days before election day, which is on Tuesday.

A Channel 10 News poll gives the “Zionist Union” 24 seats, while the Likud has 20 seats.

The Joint Arab List is expected to be the third largest with 13 seats and is followed by the Jewish Home and Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party, each of which has 12 seats. Kulanu headed by Moshe Kahlon has 10 seats, while the haredi parties Shas and United Torah Judaism each have seven.

Yisrael Beytenu, Yachad headed by Eli Yishai and Meretz round out the list with five seats each, according to the Channel 10 poll.

A second poll conducted by Channel 2 News gave the “Zionist Union” a four-seat advantage as well, giving it 26 seats over the Likud’s 22.

The Joint Arab List receives 13 seats in the poll, Yesh Atid has 12, the Jewish Home receives 11, Kulanu - 8, Shas - 7, and United Torah Judaism receives 6 seats.

Meretz, Yisrael Beytenu and Yachad round out the list in this poll as well with 5 seats each.

The two television polls are the latest of six polls released in Israel on Friday, as most media outlets take advantage of the last day in which they are allowed to publish polls.

An earlier survey by Kol Yisrael radio gave the "Zionist Union" 25 seats, versus 21 for the Likud.

Many have noted that there is a high level of unreliability in the polls, with calls heard for the polling process to be supervised.

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