According to the poll results, 44% of "Likud" coalition supporters seconded Ariel Sharon, meanwhile only 38% supported his opponent Netanyahu.
38% of Israelis consider Sharon as a future Prime Minister, 29% prefer Netanyahu, 15% - the candidate from "Avoda" Avram Mitsna.
At the "rehearsal" of elections to the Knesset "Likud" received 33 mandates (19 for the present day), "Avoda" - 19 (26 for the present day), "Shinui" - 11 (6 for the present day), SHAS - 11 (17 for the present day), Arab parties - 11 (10 for the present day), MERETS - 9 (10 for the present day), IBA - 5 (6 for the present day), "Am ekhad" - 3 (2 for the present day), "Kha-Ikhud kha-Leumi - NDI", "Yaadut kha -Torah" and MAFDAL - received the same number they had (8, 5 and 5 accordingly).
Representatives of the right camp, according to poll data, received 67 mandates, centrists - 14, left camp - 39 mandates.
In case the non-Jewish population increases faster than the Jewish one, Israel will become a third-world country by 2020 - said in his statement a professor of Haifa University Arnon Sofer.
Nearly 6,4 million Jews will reside in the country by 2020. Besides, Arab population (including PA territory) will number 8,5 million persons, and representatives of other nationalities will count 1 million.
The total birth rate in Gaza Strip was the highest in the world in 2000 - 7.4 newborns per woman. The analogous index throughout the entire PA almost twice exceeded Israeli data: 5.9 to 3.0. In Israel itself there is a similar ratio: the birth rate of Israelis is 2.7, of Arabs - 4.8.
The principal candidate to the post of the leader of "Avoda" party Avram Mitsna stated that in case he became the Prime Minister, he would eradicate all illegal settlements within Judea, Samaria and Gaza territory. The settlers would be offered a compensation for their houses.
He also added he "would begin the negotiations with Palestinians without preliminary conditions as Rabin did in his time: we will hold negotiations as if there were no terrorists, and we will exterminate terrorists as if there were no negotiations".
The Tel-Aviv city administration together with a number of private educational structures "Spektr" and "Newman-college" have allotted funds and provided a base for free retraining of repatriates in specialties demanded on the Israeli labor-market.
Similar joint projects on providing free professional courses for new repatriates will start in Petakh-Tikva, Kholon, Bat Yama, Rishon-Letsion and Ramat-Gana.