'Globes' poll: Lieberman strengthening despite indictment

By LILACH WEISSMAN/GLOBES
May 2, 2011 12:35

It seems that the recommendation to indict Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has done him a favor, at least for now. His party, Israel Beiteinu, would win two more Knesset seats to 18, according to a poll by the Rafi Smith Research Institute for "Globes". It appears that Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein's decision to indict Lieberman not only failed to weaken him, but actually strengthened him and helped to boost his popularity by 20% since the last elections.

According to Rafi Smith, the right-wing bloc (Likud, Shas, United Torah Judaism, the National Union, and Jewish Home) without Israel Beiteinu, would win 54 Knesset seats, if elections were held now. The left-wing bloc, headed by Kadima, would win 56 seats if it linked up with Israel Beiteinu. Neither Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni nor Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can establish a coalition without Lieberman.


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