A Week Before Election, Poll Shows Netanyahu Strengthening at the Expense of Main Rivals

As campaigning enters its final stretch, Channel 12 poll has Likud pulling ahead to 30 seats, while four small parties facing electoral oblivion scrape into the Knesset

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Benjamin Netanyahu at a conference today, as the election campaign enters its final week
Benjamin Netanyahu at a conference today, as the election campaign enters its final weekCredit: Ohad Zwigenberg
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party nabbed two seats from its rivals, reaching 30 out of 120 Knesset seats, according to a Channel 12 poll published on Tuesday, a week before Election Day.

Yesh Atid, headed by the prime minister's main rival Yair Lapid, lost one seat, falling to 18 seats in the latest poll. Netanyahu's former partner in Likud, Gideon Sa'ar, continued his decline in the polls to 10 seats with his New Hope party.

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The four parties teetering on the brink of the 3.25-percent electoral threshold – Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan, Meretz, the United Arab List and Religious Zionism – all gain enough votes to the enter the Knesset and receive four seats.

However, the electoral arithmetic does not favor either major bloc.

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On top of the far-right Religious Zionism party, Netanyahu's ultra-Orthodox partners, United Torah Judaism and Shas, plateau at seven and eight seats respectively. This leaves his potential coalition at 49 seats without Bennett's Yamina, which lost three seats to a nadir of 10, or Mansour Abbas' United Arab List, who both shy away from openly declaring whether they may back a Netanyahu-led coalition.

The anti-Netanyahu bloc also lacks a clear path to a majority in the poll, with 57 seats in total.

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