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Saturday 19 April 2014

Netanyahu support slipping - poll

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is tipped for victory in the January 22 poll (AP)

A new poll shows Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is poised for an election victory but losing support to a rival who opposes Palestinian statehood.

The Dialog poll gave 35 of parliament's 120 seats to Mr Netanyahu's Likud Beiteinu list, indicating he will head the next government after the January 22 vote.

That is down from 39 in the previous Dialog survey.

The centrist Labour Party polled second, with 17 seats.

The poll shows a continued surge by the Jewish Home Party. Its leader, Naftali Bennett, stirred up a storm last week by saying he would resist evacuating settlements if ordered to do so as a reserves soldier.

Mr Bennett's party received 13 seats in the poll, up from 11.

The poll of 491 people had an error margin of 4.3% points.

Press Association

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