Benny Begin joins Likud at 11th spot

Less than half a day before the final deadline for closing the party lists, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu placed ex-Minister Benny Begin in the 11th spot.

Begin is the son of former Prime Minister Menachem Begin and, with a reputation of integrity, one of the most beloved Likud figures alive today.

Begin served as the Minister of Technology in the first Netanyahu government and a Minister Without Portfolio in the second Netanyahu government. In 2013 he narrowly missed being reelected to the Knesset.

Source (Hebrew): http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4620774,00.html
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Eli Ohana decides not to run

Legendary ex-soccer player Eli Ohana has decided not to run on the Bayit Yehudi list.

Ohana had been placed in the reserved eighth spot by Naftali Bennett, but the ensuing uproar within the party caused him to change his mind:

“I was very happy when Naftali Bennett asked me, and I joined the party with a strong desire to contribute and to help the weaker elements of society, but I saw day after day repeated attacks against him and against me, attacks that hurt me and my family — despite my good intentions — and I have no desire that Minister Bennett — and certainly not my family — will be hurt because of me.”

Source (Hebrew): http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4620561,00.html
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Knesset Channel poll: Labor 25, Likud 23

The Knesset Channel broadcast their weekly poll today, conducted by Panels Politics.

Seats Party
25 Labor
23 Likud
15 Habayit Hayehudi
12 United Arab List
11 Yesh Atid
8 Kulanu
7 Yahadut Hatorah
7 Shas
6 Meretz
6 Yisrael Beyteinu
Source (Hebrew): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qmSArQTPxg
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Yesh Atid announces list

Yesh Atid announced today its list for the upcoming elections.

1. Yair Lapid

2. Shai Piron

3. Yael German

4. Meir Cohen

5. Yaakov Peri

6. Ofer Shelah

7. Chaim Yalin

8. Karin Elharar

9. Yoel Razvozov

10. Eliza Lavi

11. Miki Levy

12. Elazar Stern

13. Penina Tamanu-Shata

14. Boaz Toporovsky

15. Ruth Kaldron

16. Yifat Kariv

17. Dov Lipman

18. Ronen Hoffman

19. Zoharit Sorek

20. Ofra Finkelstein

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Channel 2 poll: Labor 26, Likud 23

TV Channel 2 broadcast a new poll from Midgam/Stat-Net this evening, showing Labor leading Likud by three seats. The poll has about a five seat (4.5%) margin of error.

Seats Party
26 Labor
23 Likud
15 Habayit Hayehudi
12 United Arab List
9 Yesh Atid
8 Kulanu
7 Yisrael Beyteinu
7 Shas
7 Yahadut Hatorah
6 Meretz
Source (Hebrew): http://www.mako.co.il/news-military/politics-q1_2015/Article-18fb5615e572b41004.htm
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TV Channel 1 poll: Likud 26, Labor 24, Shas 9

TV Channel 1 broadcast a new poll from TNS on this evening’s Mabat news program, showing gains by Likud over Labor, and Shas leaping to nine seats.

With these results, a Right-aligned coalition would number 72 seats, comprising Likud, Habayit Hayehudi, Shas, Yahadut Hatorah, Yisrael Beyteinu and Kulanu.

Mabat’s commentator said it would be very difficult if not impossible for Herzog to put together a Center/Left coalition joined by Shas and Yisrael Beyteinu. Such a government would just reach 60 seats, if it included Labor, Shas, Yesh Atid, Yisrael Beyteinu, Kulanu and Meretz.

Seats Party
26 Likud
24 Labor
15 Habayit Hayehudi
11 United Arab List
9 Shas
8 Yesh Atid
8 Yahadut Hatorah
7 Yisrael Beyteinu
7 Kulanu
5 Meretz
Source (Hebrew): http://www.iba.org.il/program.aspx?scode=1806471
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