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Netanyahu is still the front-runner for re-election

Netanyahu delivers a statement at the Israeli Parliament
Netanyahu delivers a statement at the Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem Dec. 24. Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a strong lead in the first poll taken after early Israeli elections were called for April, AP reports.

Why it matters: It's a sign that he hasn't been hurt by the prospect that Israel's attorney general might indict him in three corruption cases. The poll in the Maariv daily showed Netanyahu's Likud party would win 30 seats in the 120-seat parliament, followed by a hypothetical party by a former military chief who might not even run.