Gaza War Boosts Likud, Labor

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - Results of the latest political survey showed the Likud and Labor parties each gaining seats and Kadima losing ground.

The Smith Research poll, conducted for The Jerusalem Post, reflects Israelis' reaction to the operation in the Gaza Strip and also indicates what people think of the parties' Knesset lists.

Likud gained two seats since the last poll, published October 31, moving to 29 seats. Labor gained one seat, moving from 14 to 15 mandates, and Kadima lost four seats, dropping from 27 to 23.

Only 28 percent of respondents were happy with Kadima's Knesset list, while more than half -- 51 percent -- said they didn't like it.

Other surveys published this week showed that 81 percent of Israelis support the Gaza operation, but 63 percent think it will bring an end to Palestinian rocket fire.

Meanwhile, one poll showed that Defense Minister Ehud Barak's approval rating jumped from 23 percent prior to the Gaza op to 60 percent.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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