A Panels polling company internet-based poll taken today for Knesset Channel 99 asked Israeli voters who they would vote for if elections were held today. The poll was conducted to gauge the response to Liberman being charged with fraud, breach of trust, obtaining something through deceit, money laundering and witness harassment. The results show a shift of support to Foreign Minister Liberman. According to the poll Kadima would remain the largest party with 28 seats, with Likud one seat behind at 27. Liberman’s Yisrael Beitenu would receive 20 seats, a gain of five from the last elections and just seven seats behind Netanyahu and Likud. Shas would receive 9 seats and Labor 8. Results for the smaller parties were not published.

A second poll was taken to examine the potential results should Liberman be forced to step down as the head of Yisrael Beitenu due to his legal troubles. The results of that poll showed that Yisrael Beitenu would receive 19 seats instead of 20. Kadima, Likud, Shas and Labor would receive the same number of seats as indicated in the first poll.

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