TEL AVIV (Aug. 27)
Both the Labor Party and the Likud have lost popularity while small parties to their right and left have gained — and Rabbi Meir Kahane’s Kach Party would gain 11 seats in the 120-member Knesset if elections were held now.
In the last elections Kach won only one seat, but according to the new poll Kahane and his followers would become the third largest party in the house, after Labor and Likud.
The public opinion poll, taken earlier this month by the Modi’in Ezrachi Public Research Institute for Maariv, gives labor 51 seats, compared to 53 in polls in May, June and July (and 40 in the last elections), and the Likud only 24 seats (as against 29-30 in the previous polls and 41 in the elections).
Kach would win II seats, as against five in the previous polls, while the Citizens Rights Party headed by Shulamit Aloni, would obtain seven seats (up from 4-5 in the previous polls and four in the Knesset).
Mapam, which has six seats in the Knesset, would decline to two seats, and the rightwing Tehiya would gain slightly from its present five seats to seven.