Tel Aviv (Mar. 15)
– The latest public opinion poll showed that former Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan would hold the balance of power in the formation of a new coalition government if he entered the election race at the head of a party of his own, The results of the poll, published last Friday in the Jerusalem Post, indicated the political situation that would emerge if elections were to be held now instead of on June 30. It showed a slight drop in support for the Labor Alignment–43.5 percent, down from 48.6 percent in the January-February period–and a slight gain for Likud which would win 20.6 percent of the vote, up from 16.9 percent in the last two months.
The poll indicated that a list headed by Dayan would hurt Labor more than Likud. A Dayan faction would win 19 Knesset seats with 15.4 percent of the vote, reducing Labor to 45 seats with a 37.6 percent share of the vote, the poll showed. It would still lead Likud which would win 20 seats with a 16.7 share of the vote.