Israeli politicians try to woo potential voters less than 24 hours to elections
JERUSALEM, Jan 21, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Israeli politicians have visited
public venues on Monday and made final efforts in hopes of swaying
undecided voters to vote for them in Tuesday's parliamentary
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent most of Monday touring
the country and meeting with mayors presiding on behalf of his
The Likud party in October 2012 announced a merger with former
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's far-right Yisrael Beitenu (
Israel Our Home) party, a leading partner in the current coalition
government. Opinion polls predict some 33 seats in the future
parliament for the joint list.
Meanwhile, the center-left Labor party chief, Shelly
Yachimovich, is putting in last-minute efforts to persuade left-
wingers who are considering voting for small-scaled parties that
might not pass the needed threshold of votes.
The Labor party is expected to become the largest center-left
party with a predicted 18 seats in the next Knesset (parliament).
Yachimovich visited a spot in northern Tel Aviv and talked with
undecided voters, as well as joining activists of the campaign in
making phone calls to potential voters.
A member of Yachimovich's campaign told Xinhua activists have
visited over 90,000 homes in attempts to sway potential voters
Naftali Bennet, the leader of the ultra-right Habayit Hayeudi
party, which the polls predict would receive between 13 to 15
seats in the elections, has spent Monday visiting party activists
across the country.
Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, met with students
Monday morning at the Ben Gurion University in Be'er Sheva.
Former Foreign Minister and leader of Hatnua party Tzipi Livni
spent Monday morning at a Tel Aviv mall. She later joined
activists in making phone calls to undecided voters as well, while
her party's ranking in the polls has dropped in the recent months
from a double-digit number to only seven predicted seats in the
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