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American advisers to Labor advised the party to close down its immigrants' campaign headquarters due to the party's financial straits and dire situation among the Russian immigrants, but Labor's leaders dismissed the idea fearing the long-term political implication of such a move.

"The American advisers analyze things coldly," a senior source said. "They believe that it will be hard struggle among the Russian speakers, and that the money would be better invested elsewhere."

Recent polls indicate that Labor will receive less than half a Knesset seat from the immigrant voters.

"No senior party member considered closing the immigrant headquarters," said immigrant campaign head Efraim Sneh.

After increasing the party's election budget, the immigrants' campaign budget will be about NIS 1.5 million. The Likud, in contrast, has allocated some NIS 6 million to the Russian voters. Labor has not opened any campaign in Russian yet.