Netanyahu: Likud to include Bayit Yehudi in future government, exclude Labor

Prime Minister Netanyahu announced today that he intends to include Bayit Yehudi in his future coalition and exclude the Labor party. His announcement comes on the heels of the Bayit Yehudi campaign warning voters that if they vote for Likud they will end up with a government of Likud and Labor while a vote for Bayit Yehudi will give them a government of Likud and Bayit Yehudi.

Source (Hebrew): http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART2/675/007.html
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Yesh Atid prefers Herzog to Netanyahu

Shai Piron, the former education minister, announced today that Yesh Atid would prefer a government led by Labor chairman Herzog rather than PM Netanyahu. Until now, Yesh Atid has been silent on the matter, perhaps assuming that they would win enough seats themselves to form a government.

Herzog can now count on Yesh Atid, Labor, Meretz and possibly the Arab United List to back him while Netanyahu can rely on Likud, Bayit Yehudi and Yachad. The two ultra orthodox parties and Yisrael Beyteinu would seem to prefer Netanyahu but have not clearly stated their intentions while Kahlon has not said anything on the matter.

Source (Hebrew): http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART2/674/950.html
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New Maagar Mochot poll; Likud and Labor tied at 24, Bayit Yehudi with 14

A new poll by Maagar Mochot shows that both the Likud and Labor would get 24 seats if the election were held today.

After losing seats in the last couple of polls, Bayit Yehudi stabilizes somewhat at 14 seats. That being said, if these were the results of the election it is hard to imagine anyone but Netanyahu becoming Prime Minister as it would be virtually impossible for Herzog or anyone else to cobble together a coalition of at least 61 seats.

The full results are as follows:

Seats Party
24 Likud
24 Labor
14 Habayit Hayehudi
12 United Arab List
11 Yesh Atid
8 Kulanu
6 Yahadut Hatorah
6 Shas
5 Meretz
5 Yisrael Beyteinu
4 Yachad (Yishai)
Source (Hebrew): http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART2/674/420.html
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Knesset Channel poll: Likud continues to lead

A Knesset Channel poll was released today showing the Likud continuing to lead Labor.

Bayit Yehudi continues to lose momentum and is down to 13  seats. Yachad once again crossed the electoral threshold and can seemingly breathe a sigh of relief after their merger with Otzma Yehudit.

The full results of the poll are as follows:

Seats Party
25 Likud
24 Labor
13 Habayit Hayehudi
12 United Arab List
11 Yesh Atid
8 Kulanu
7 Yahadut Hatorah
6 Shas
5 Meretz
5 Yisrael Beyteinu
4 Yachad (Yishai)
Source (Hebrew): http://www.inn.co.il/News/Flash.aspx/476240
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Haaretz Poll: Likud 25, Labor 23

A Haaretz poll was released today showing the Likud pulling ahead of  Labor.

Also noteworthy is Yishai’s Yachad passing the electoral threshold following its merger with Otzma Yehudit.

Seats Party
25 Likud
23 Labor
14 Habayit Hayehudi
12 United Arab List
9 Yesh Atid
8 Kulanu
8 Yahadut Hatorah
6 Shas
5 Meretz
6 Yisrael Beyteinu
4 Yachad (Yishai)
Source (Hebrew): http://www.haaretz.co.il/news/elections/1.2555476
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Weekend polls: Likud pulls ahead

Three polls released on Friday, January 30 show Likud with a slight lead over Labor.

Party Reshet Bet Walla! Maariv
Likud 26 27 25
Labor 26 26 24
Habayit Hayehudi 15 12 14
United Arab List 12 12 12
Yesh Atid 8 8 11
Kulanu 7 7 8
Yahadut Hatorah 7 7 8
Yisrael Beyteinu 5 6 5
Shas 9 7 7
Meretz 5 4 6
Yahad (Eli Yishai) 4
Source (Hebrew): http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART2/663/488.html
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