Israel’s Labor Party Slumps in Polls After Ousting Tzipi Livni

Former minister Livni named Israel opposition leader

The Times of Israel reports: Television polls published Wednesday indicated that Labor leader Avi Gabbay’s public termination of his partnership with Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua party damaged his party’s standing in the eyes of the Israeli public.

Two polls, one by Hadashot news and the other by the Kan public broadcaster, found that if elections were held today Labor would win only eight or seven seats, respectively, down from the nine seats predicted in polls earlier this week — before Gabbay’s humiliating cancellation on Tuesday of Labor’s Zionist Union alliance with Livni and her Hatnua party.

The Hadashot poll found that if Livni were to run on her own, Hatnua would receive five seats. However, the Kan poll predicted that Livni would not pass the four-seat minimum threshold.

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