Israel Election Poll: Netanyahu's Party Gains Strength, Tel Aviv Mayor Takes Dive

Yesh Atid also also gains seats, while Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan kisses the electoral threshold with only four seats

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Netanyahu speaking in Jerusalem, January 8, 2020.
Netanyahu speaking in Jerusalem, January 8, 2020.Credit: Mark Israel Salem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud is gaining strength according to a new poll released by Channel 13 on Friday, two months ahead of Israel's fourth election in under two years.

The poll projected that Likud would receive 31 seats, followed by Gideon Sa'ar's New Hope party and Yesh Atid with 16 seats each. Naftali Bennett's right-wing Yamina party is projected to win 13 seats, with the Joint List of Arab-majority parties earning 10.

Shas and United Torah Judaism are both projected to win seven seats and Yisrael Beiteinu is set to earn six seats.

Ron Huldai's party, Hayisraelim, is projected to win only five seats, tied with left-wing Meretz. Defense Minister Benny Gantz's party, Kahol Lavan, is grazing the electoral threshold, projected to win only four seats.

The bloc of parties who have sworn not to sit in a government headed by Netanyahu is projected to win 65 seats, while the bloc of parties that supports Netanyahu is slated to win 45 seats.

Yamina has neither committed to nor ruled out sitting in a government led by Netnayahu.

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