Netanyahu May Not Be Able to Form Coalition, New Polls Show

According to a poll conducted by Kan public broadcaster and Channel 13 News, the center-left bloc has 61 seats, as opposed to the right's 59

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The day after the attorney general's decision to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a survey published on Friday by Kan and Channel 13 signal a reversal in the blocs: 61 seats for the center-left, as opposed to the right's 59.

This is the first time since election was announced that poll results show a reversal in the blocs.

Kan

Kahol Lavan – 37

Likud – 29

Hayamin Hehadash – 7

Hadash-Ta'al – 7

United Torah Judaism – 7

Shas – 6

Labor – 6

Meretz – 6

Ra'am-Balad – 5

Union of Right-Wing Parties – 5

Kulanu – 5

Channel 13

Kahol Lavan – 36

Likud – 30

Hadash-Ta'al – 9

Union of Right-Wing Parties – 7

United Torah Judaism – 7

Shas – 6

Labor – 6

Meretz – 6

Hayamin Hehadash – 5

Ra'am-Balad – 4

Kulanu – 4

On Thursday, Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit announced that he will be indicting Netanyahu in three separate cases, pending a hearing.

Case 1000, concerns gifts that Netanyahu received from Hollywood tycoon Arnon Milchan in exchange for political favors. In another, Case 2000, he struck a deal with Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes: positive coverage in Mozes' newspaper for the curbing of Israel Hayom. In both cases, Netanyahu being charged with fraud and breach of trust.

He is also being charged for bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in Case 4000, in which Netanyahu bartered for favorable coverage in Bezeq controlling shareholder Shaul Elovitch's newssite, Walla, in exchange for regulatory benefits.

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