Netanyahu holds poll lead after Livni entry, survey says

Bloomberg reports: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lead heading toward elections on Jan. 22 has been little affected by the entry into the race of former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, according to a poll published today.

Livni’s new party, dubbed “The Movement,” would win just seven seats in Israel’s 120-seat parliament, according to a voter survey commissioned by the Haaretz daily. Netanyahu’s combined list with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, Likud- Beitenu, would garner 39 seats according to the survey, more than double the 18 seats gained by its nearest contender, the Labor Party.

Other Netanyahu allies in the current ruling coalition would provide the prime minister with more than the 60 seats needed to form a new government, the poll showed. Livni’s former Kadima party, now headed by former Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz would gain just two seats, the survey showed.

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