Israel right strong before vote

2012-12-10 17:10

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rightwing bloc remains far ahead of its rivals ahead of 22 January snap elections, with the opposition increasingly divided, a poll said on Monday.

The joint list of Netanyahu's Likud party and the ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu faction of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is expected to win 39 seats, according to the poll published by the left-leaning Haaretz daily.

Last week, a poll published in Maariv gave the list 38 mandates in the 120-seat Knesset, or parliament.

Rightwing parties allied with Netanyahu are also expected to do well, with the Haaretz poll finding the ultra-Orthodox Shas likely to win 12 seats, Jewish Home taking 11 and United Torah Judaism securing six seats.

Overall, the rightwing bloc was seen winning a large majority of around 68 seats.

By comparison, the centre and leftist bloc appears fragmented and weak, with its strongest representative, the Labour party led by Shelly Yachimovich, likely to win 17 seats, the Haaretz poll found.

Kadima looking at wipeout

HaTnuah, a new party led by former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, is expected to win nine seats, while Yesh Atid, headed by former journalist Yair Lapid, is projected to win six.

And the centre-right Kadima party, which is currently the largest faction in parliament with 28 mandates, is expected to be practically wiped out, taking just two seats. The leftwing Meretz party would likely win three seats.

Analysts said Livni's decision to return to politics had hobbled the opposition, with her new centrist party taking seats exclusively from the centre-left, rather than the rightwing bloc.

The poll also showed Israelis have no doubt about who their next premier will be, with 81% saying they expected Netanyahu to form the next government.

A separate poll conducted on behalf of Haifa University showed around half of Israel's 1.4 million Arab citizens do not plan to vote in next month's elections.

The poll found that 82% of Arab Israelis have little or no faith in the government, and more than half also lack confidence in the Arab parties in the Knesset.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-10 17:19

    Israelis know reality.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-12-10 18:24

      Thanks for picture in the article..needed something for my dart board!

      zuma.compound - 2012-12-10 18:28

      @johan agreed. I only wish white South Africans would wake up to reality.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-12-10 19:12

      There is no apartheid in Israel. Every eligible adult citizen gets the right to vote. This 'apartheid' tag is just one of many blood libels.

      jeremy.bard.31 - 2012-12-10 21:02

      @Larry. "No apartheid in Israel" ... Mickey Mouse is for real ... Ahmadinejad is an undercover Zionist, Mandela is a myth, he doesn't exist, Golda Meir was in fact a woman (??), Osama is alive and had dinner with Bibi ... You're certainly a comic, old chap. But nothing wrong some off-colour humour sometimes .... especially on a hot topic such as this one. I suppose the thumbs up are for the chuckles you brought. Well done & keep us rollin'.

      mrgmkhan - 2012-12-11 00:25

      Divide and rule, detention without trial, trade restrictions, economic blackmail, sounds like apartheid to me.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-12-11 06:41

      Palestinians in the west Bank and Gaza are not Israeli citizens. They are as 'apart' as France and Germany. Therefore, conflict between two seperate nations does not mean apartheid. Apartheid is discriminatory laws seperating different citizens along racial lines within the borders of a single country, such as with old South Africa. This is not the case with Israeli citizens, black or white, Jew or Muslim. So give up the pathetic lie.

      ismail.louw.1 - 2012-12-11 10:43

      @Larry. And when you keep on telling yourself something you believe it, even if it is a lie. Do not try and distort a definition. Fact: Palestinians are discriminated against, and are not afforded the same rights as Israelis - Therefore discrimination based on origin - therefore apartheid.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-12-11 14:28

      Ismail, you must consider your own advice. must I draw you a picture like the one Netanyahoo did for all the simpletons at the UN. palestinians are not afforded the same rights as Israeli's BECAUSE they are not Israeli CITIZENS. They do not live within Israel, duh! Israeli Arab Muslim citizens who have an Israeli passport, have the same equal rights as Jewish and Christian Israeli citizens. They vote, share hospitals and schools, OK. There might be discrimination, as happens in EVERY sovereign country on this earth, but there is no APARTHEID, OK. jeepers, the dunce-like comments we get here is incredible.

  • paul.anthony.dawson - 2012-12-10 17:23

    A war is coming. God Bless Israel.

  • gary.desousa.5 - 2012-12-10 17:31

    Have a democratic election, elect people that are strong and will lead you with right on your side through this troubled time to be victorious in your struggle for peace and autonomy. Right with you.

  • matt.cumming.77 - 2012-12-10 17:59

    are Israeli's blind to their relative insignificance? Do they really want to further isolate themselves? - 2012-12-10 18:14

      Isolate? Bro just because someone tells you to commit suicide doesn’t mean you need to pull the trigger. Truth is the Palestinians have voted for war by voting for Hamas in 2005… now the PA has taken unilateral steps at the UN against Israel… so how could any Israeli still vote for the peace camp ‘left’ parties like they have been doing for 40 odd years when there is NO peace partner on the other side of the border. Please read Hamas’s charter – you can Google it, and when you do you will realise the dilemma that a liberal society like the Israelis is facing. If the Jews had not fought back against the Arab armies and had been destroyed in 1948, they would have received the most beautiful eulogies throughout the world. Instead, they chose to stand their ground and defend themselves. And in winning, they received the world's condemnation. Golda Meir (Israel's first female prime minister) said she would take the condemnation over the eulogies.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-12-10 20:59

      @matt....they so isolated they think they are chosen...special...HA HA HA HA!

      jeremy.bard.31 - 2012-12-10 21:16

      Sshhh Matt. Not so loud. This is exactly what the world needs. An isolated Israel that can hasten its demise. So let 'em be. Go Bibi go!

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-12-11 08:46

      Do you think a whole country, and a military powerhouse at that, will just up and be 'demised'. No country on this planet, even the mighty USA, can achieve this, let alone the pathetic Arabs and Muslims. Any country that even tries will be dealt with as one deals with a cockroach. You losers are just dreaming.

  • saint.smithie - 2012-12-10 17:59

    The right man for the job at this time!!!

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-10 19:05

      Cometh the moment,cometh the man.

      mrgmkhan - 2012-12-11 00:20

      What a delusional zealot. Which religion is condoning killing of civilians? Political and religious extremists are a danger to society. Your mumbo jumbo bible thumping misconceptions does not allow you to see beyond the obvious. TODAY YOU CLAIM A RELIGIOUS RIGHT TO LAND SIEZURE...WONDER WHAT WILL HAPPEN TOMORROW WHEN PEACE PREVAILS. Your narrow minded interpretation of religion is not surprising . No religion preaches hate, the political intolerance is the issue here not religion! Dont use your Lords name in vain.

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-12-10 18:19

    OH well ...looks like a definite suicide pact in the making...hope it all happens quickly so we can all be spared the details...however onwards we shall go ho ho ho ho!So thankfully and hopefully without Israel!

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-12-10 19:15

      I am going to laugh at you for the rest of my life. Silly child.

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-10 20:12

      Come on drunkie,you've had enough.

      saint.smithie - 2012-12-10 20:27

      I'm going to join in with Larry, laughing at you for the rest of my life.

      saint.smithie - 2012-12-10 20:28

      That's right johan. Iv'e never heard him make a sober comment!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-12-10 20:40

      An please take your hardcore Zionist sheep with you.....HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO..NO PRESENTS UNDER HIS TREE!!!!

      saint.smithie - 2012-12-10 20:55

      Don't celebrate pagan holidays Drunkie, so ho ho ho ho back at you!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-12-10 21:04

      LIAR..Every J@w after the Christmas shopping closes his shop throws the money out of the till in the air and exclaims "WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS!!!!

      paul.anthony.dawson - 2012-12-11 00:46

      Uum, you do realise? a) Iran are trying to make a nuclear bomb b) Israel already have them

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-12-11 06:43

      Still laughing. ho Ho Ho.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-12-11 08:40

      laughing and f@rting no less...ha ha ha ha!Slow down on the Jewish blasphemy treats!

  • Gcodi Matshona - 2012-12-10 20:11

    democracy ,my foot,the zionist scumbags assassinate they president if he doesnt tow the line

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-12-10 20:41


      duncan.gill1 - 2012-12-10 20:42

      You brought the poet out in me..thanks!

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-12-10 20:46

    You know I only became an alcoholic raising my glass to every Hamas rocket fired!

  • Gcodi Matshona - 2012-12-10 20:50

    @saint dont forget your jar of vaseline,1 thing might lead to another with all that laughter between you and larry the liar

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-12-10 20:56

      Someone quick!!! Buy this man a "Bells"

      saint.smithie - 2012-12-10 21:01

      @Gcodi Matshona. Typical filth talk of your kind!! Go wash your mouth out with soap school boy, pickinin!

      saint.smithie - 2012-12-10 21:08

      I'll have to do some prayin' for both you and dunkie56, that you'll repent and come to know Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-12-10 21:14

      @saint.....had a vision just the other day and was told that the J@ws are out of heaven..don't know why he picked me...was busy at the time raising my glass heavenwards!

      saint.smithie - 2012-12-10 21:27

      @dunkie. Delusional thinking and delusional vision. The one that died for ALL men firstly is Jewish. Secondly the first converts to Christianity and believers in Jesus (Yeshua) the first apostles and disciples were Jewish. Still today there are a growing number of Jews who have converted to Christianity or as the call them selves Messianic Jews who believe Jesus is the Messiah! There will be Jews in heaven and you'll be the one standing on the outside in the depths of hell if you don't change your ways and repent!

      saint.smithie - 2012-12-10 21:31

      Oh by the way dunkie56. I'm not Jewish, but a believer and follower of Jesus. I know what the Bible says about those that bless Israel and those that curse Israel. I choose to bless, whereas you choose to curse. Those that curse Israel will be cursed!!

      saint.smithie - 2012-12-10 21:58

      So dunkie what are you saying. Are you saying that Hamas and terror organisations like them are humane? I think not. It doesn't matter if they think that they are doing God a favour, actually God is allowing this present situation to role out so that He can show His glory to the world through them the Jew. As scripture plainly tells us, God is not doing this for their sake, but for His Name sake. Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.(Eze 36:22)

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-11 08:06

    Hamas extremists, Zionist (likud) right-wing, all the same to me!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-12-11 08:41

      Zionists aren't genocidal ?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-11 08:49

      How do you know, are you one? You must not have read the writings by their Rabbis, just like the Islamist Imams.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-12-11 11:03

      Read the Hamas charter its fairly explicit. There's a massive distinction between the foundations of a movement or organisation and the ramblings of the odd rabbi .

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-12-11 11:57

      Zionist Rabbis are the spiritual leaders of the rabid Zionist movement.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-12-11 14:47

      Zionism is a noble movement for the Zionists. If this is bad, then at least equate it fairly with the Jihadists. Difference is, one side builds and wins and the other side destructs and loses.

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2012-12-12 08:26

      Zionists are heading to the abyss, if you're happy with that then go ahead and carry on egging them on.

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