Kadima, Barak reject Labor-Kadima union

Recent polls give Kadima slight edge over Likud, Labor representation in Knesset cut nearly in half.

By HAVIV RETTIG GUR
October 27, 2008 23:15
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Kadima, Barak reject Labor-Kadima union

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A senior Kadima source on Monday rejected calls from some Labor Party quarters to unite Kadima and Labor ahead of the upcoming elections. Some Labor MKs, including Binyamin Ben-Eliezer and Yoram Marciano, are suggesting in party forums that such a joint list could be successful at stymieing the possibility of a Likud government. Polls published on Monday gave Kadima a slight edge over the Likud, with Labor's representation in the Knesset cut nearly in half. A poll by the Dahaf Research Institute on Sunday showed Kadima winning 29 and the Likud 26 of the Knesset's 120 seats. A TNS Teleseker survey gave Kadima 31 seats to Likud's 29. The Dahaf poll of 500 people had a margin of error of 4.5 percent. The TNS survey of more than 900 people put the maximum margin of error at two parliamentary seats. In a radio interview Monday, Ben-Eliezer explained that the parties could either run on a joint list, or decide to go together after the election to President Shimon Peres as each party asks to be the one to form the next government. "Why would Kadima run on a joint list?" asked the Kadima official, noting that in the latest poll the party is ahead of the Likud, which has led in most recent polls. "It's clear some Labor MKs want the deal, because it would raise their chances of getting elected, but do the party institutions in Labor or Kadima want this to happen? Why would a Kadima MK agree to be pushed down the list to let Labor members on?" Perhaps for this reason, senior Labor officials, including party chairman Ehud Barak and MKs Isaac Herzog and Shelly Yacimovich, said on Monday they were opposed to the idea. Though he "cannot rule out the possibility of cooperation" between the parties, a Ben-Eliezer spokesman admitted that "it looks like we're going to elections separately."

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