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Extremists to dominate Israel's Knesset
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Israel's Knesset (parliament)
A recent opinion poll shows that right-wing extremist parties are likely to win a significant number of seats in Israel's Knesset (parliament) again in the future elections.

According to a Shvakim Panorama poll broadcast on Israel Radio on December 29, 2011, the predominantly right-wing Likud Party, led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, would win 24 seats in the parliamentary elections that are expected to be held between November 2012 and February 2013.

Yisrael Beiteinu Party, led by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, would win 14 seats and the ultra-orthodox religious Shas Party would win five seats.

The poll shows that 43 seats of the 120-member Knesset will be occupied by right-wing extremists.

The left-wing parties of Labor and Kadima will win 15 and 10 seats respectively, with Arab parties being likely to win 11 seats in the future Knesset elections, according to Shvakim Panorama.

Currently, Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu and Shas parties jointly dominate the seats in Knesset.

The last elections were held in 2009 and the 120 members of the Knesset are elected to four-year terms.

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