Likud Rebel Landau May Be Left in the Cold

The most senior candidate with uncertain prospects of getting into the Knesset, according to the polls, is the leader of the Likud "rebels," MK Uzi Landau, No. 14 on the party list.

If Landau does not make it into the Knesset, it will certainly be symbolic, and there will doubtless be people who see it as punishment inflicted by Likud voters on the anti-disengagement rebels.

The polls also show that the candidate with uncertain prospects on the National Union-National Religious Party ticket is MK Shaul Yahalom (NRP), No. 11 on the list. The conclusion: At least in answer to the question of "which candidate is my vote going toward?" a vote for the Likud could be more alluring than a vote for National Union-NRP for undecided voters on the far right.

Floating voters should also know that additional votes for Meretz-Yachad will apparently be contributing to the election of No. 6 on the list - the ultra-Orthodox woman on the list, Dr. Tzvia Greenfield. Those who decide at the last minute to vote for Labor are contributing their votes to the No. 20 spot, which has been allotted to Shakib Shanan, a Druze. And the candidate with uncertain prospects of becoming a Shas MK is Avraham Michaeli in the 12th spot, an attorney and leader of the World Congress of Georgian Jews.

Kadima candidates who rank 20th and below on the list have good skills and impressive professional records, but many have never been politicians.

With the party's drop in the polls over the last few weeks, we appear to have lost a few Kadima MKs that would probably not have been too bad, such as the secretary general of the Israel Scouts youth movement, Lior Carmel (No. 37) and Acting Ramle Mayor Liat Ravner (No. 38).

Those who now are borderline future MKs also look impressive: the director of the Jewish Agency's Ethiopian immigrant department, Shlomo Mola (No. 33); senior economist Dr. Dan Ben-David (No. 34); and the deputy director general of Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Dr. Rachel Adato-Levy (No. 35).