Election Poll: Netanyahu Bloc Would Win Half of Knesset's Seats

Netanyahu is still one Knesset seat short of forming a governing coalition, while Likud is forecast to be the largest party in Israel's parliament

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The bloc of parties supporting opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu is projected to win 60 of the Knesset's 120 seats in the November 1 election, public broadcaster Kan said in a poll released Sunday.

Even so, Netanyahu would need a majority in the Knesset in order to form a government, which according to this poll, he has still not attained.

Netanyahu's Likud party is forecast to be the largest party, with 35 seats. Prime Minister Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid is behind it with 22 seats.

The alliance of Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan and Gideon Sa'ar's New Hope is projected to win 12 Knesset seats, the same amount a Channel 13 poll conducted earlier this week gave them. The far-right Religious Zionism party follows with 10 seats.

The ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism would win eight and seven seats respectively, according to the poll, and Labor and the Arab majority Joint List would both win six.

Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu would win five seats, as would the left-wing Meretz party, should party veteran Zehava Galon lead it. If Yair Golan were to head the party, the poll found, it would win just four seats, and the Joint List would gain two more.

The Islamist United Arab List would gain four seats, pushing it just over the electoral threshold. According to this poll, former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's Yamina party would fail to garner four seats, and thus not enter the Knesset.

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