Netanyahu Would Still Need Lieberman to Form Government After Election, Polls Suggest

Right-wing bloc without Lieberman would stop short of 61 seats needed for a majority coalition, Israeli TV polls show

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Former Israeli Defense Minister and Yisrael Beiteinu party leader Avigdor Lieberman, center, leaves a press conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, May 30, 2019.
Former Israeli Defense Minister and Yisrael Beiteinu party leader Avigdor Lieberman, center, leaves a press conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, May 30, 2019.Credit: Oded Balilty,AP

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would need Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu to join his coalition after Israel's September election in order to form a government, polls published Wednesday by channels 12 and 13 suggest.

Right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu refused to enter Netanyahu's coalition after the April election, in a move that triggered new election.

The two polls place the right-wing bloc without Lieberman at 56 to 57 Knesset seats, short of the 61 MKs required for a majority.

Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who announced he would run in the new round of elections, is set to perform poorly according to the polls. While the Channel 13 News poll predicts he would get 6 seats, the Channel 12 News one suggests his party might not even pass the 3.25-percent electoral threshold. Israel's Labor Party is predicted to fare a bit better than in the April election, getting 7 to 8 seats, according to polls.

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Right-wing party Hayamin Hehadash, the outfit headed by Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked, might make it back to the Knesset after failing to cross the threshold in April. The reunified Joint List of Arab-majority parties would go back to being the third largest political force in the Knesset.

Channel 12 News poll:

Likud: 32

Kahol Lavan: 31

The Joint List: 12

Yisrael Beiteinu: 9

Labor: 8

Shas: 7

United Torah Judaism: 7

Union of Right-Wing parties: 5

Hayamin Hehadash: 5

Meretz: 4

Ehud Barak: 0

Zehut: 0

Channel 13 News poll:

Likud: 31

Kahol Lavan: 29

The Joint List: 9

Yisrael Beiteinu: 8

Labor: 7

Shas: 7

Ehud Barak: 6

United Torah Judaism: 6

Hayamin Hehadash: 5

Meretz: 4

Zehut: 4

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