First Israeli Election Poll Since Lists Submitted: Anti-Netanyahu Bloc Backslides

Parties refusing to support Netanyahu receive 57-61 seats of 120 in two new polls, with United Arab List, which hasn't ruled out backing the PM, teetering on edge of threshold

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Parties opposed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu serving another term make up a bloc of between 57 and 61 of the Knesset's 120 seats in two election polls released Friday, the first since parties submitted their final rosters for the March election this week.

In Channel 12 News' poll, the parties whose leaders have pledged not to join Netanyahu in a coalition were predicted to receive 61 seats. Netanyahu's Likud party and his allies totaled 48 seats, while the Yamina party, whose leaders have been members of governments headed by Netanyahu in the past but which has not stated whether it may support him again, earned 11 seats in the poll.

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The United Arab List, which broke off from the Joint List alliance of largely Arab parties ahead of the election and which has also declined to commit to opposing Netanyahu, did not pass the electoral threshold in the poll. The poll also had Labor increasing its showing by one seat compared to the channel's previous poll, bringing it to six seats.

In the Channel 13 News poll, the anti-Netanyahu bloc received 57 seats, while Yamina got 11 seats and the United Arab List just passed the threshold to receive four seats. This poll had Gideon Sa'ar's New Hope party receiving 13 seats – three less than in the channel's previous poll. The Channel 13 poll had Labor losing one seat in comparison with its previous one.

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