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NETANYAHU: NEW ELECTIONS ON JANUARY 22, 2013

“The Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday announced that new elections would be held on January 22, 2013,” reports the Times of Israel. “Asked in a Dialog/Haaretz poll Thursday who among the potential candidates would be best suited to lead the country, 57-62 percent of respondents said Netanyahu (depending on who he is up against). Ex-Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni scored 28%, former prime minister Ehud Olmert 24%, Labor’s Yachimovich 17%, current opposition Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz 16%, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak 15%….The Haaretz survey projected that Netanyahu’s Likud party would win 29 Knesset seats. The Labor party would win 19 seats, Yisrael Beytenu 15, Yair Lapid’s new Yesh Atid 11, Shas 10, Jewish Home (HaBayit HaYehudi) 8 seats, Kadima 7, United Torah Judaism 6, Meretz 4, Hadash 4, the Arab Ram-Tal party 5, and Balad 2. A likely center-right coalition grouping would muster some 68 seats in the 120-member Knesset, recent surveys indicate.”

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