Israel: Netanyahu leads in Maariv poll on January 22 elections

In spite of international isolation, premier favoured to win

07 December, 21:00

Israeli Premier Netanyahu light candles at the 'Gleis 17'memorial  in Berlin Israeli Premier Netanyahu light candles at the 'Gleis 17'memorial in Berlin

(ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV - In spite of the international outcry over his Jewish settlement expansion policy, Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu and his ruling Likud party appear to be unrivaled ahead of January 22 elections, according to a Maariv newspaper survey published Friday.

According to the poll of 511 voters, a coalition of Likud and the current foreign minister's Israel Beitenu party would win 38 seats in the Israeli parliament, or Knesset. Another 31 seats would go to religious parties allied with Netanyahu, giving the premier a comfortable 69-seat majority out of 120 contested seats. The opposition would net 19 seats for Shelly Yachimovich's Labor party, and about 15 would go to centrist parties, according to the Maariv survey. (ANSAmed).

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