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Israel Elections: Likud Party Leads In Polls

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An Israeli woman rides her bicycle past election campaign posters for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Israeli Labor party leader Shelly Yachimovich (R) on January 18, 2013 in the Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv ahead of the country’s general elections on January 22. (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty Images
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JERUSALEM -- Final polls ahead of Israel's parliamentary elections next week show Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hard-line bloc maintaining its lead over center-left opponents.

A Dialogue service poll published Friday gives the Netanyahu-led group of hawkish and religious parties 63 seats against their rivals' 57. The survey polled 712 people and had an error margin of 3.9 percentage points.

A survey by Dahaf also gave the hard-line bloc 63 seats. It interviewed 1,000 people and had an error margin of 3.2 percentage points.

A poll by Smith Research gave Netanyahu's bloc 66 seats. It polled 800 people and had an error margin of 3.5 percentage points.

Israelis vote on Tuesday. Netanyahu's Likud Beitenu list is expected to win the most seats and thus likely to form the next government.

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