Anti-Netanyahu Bloc Maintains Majority in New Israel Election Poll

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Election billboards in Jerusalem, today
Election billboards in Jerusalem, todayCredit: Ohad Zwigenberg

An election poll released by Channel 12 News on Tuesday showed little movement compared to its previous one last week, with 62 of the Knesset's 120 seats predicted to be won by parties that have ruled out sitting in a government with Prime MInister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The poll, released exactly one month ahead of the scheduled date of the election, gave Netanyahu's Likud party 28 seats, making it the largest. However, heading the largest party does not necessarily mean Netanyahu can form a coalition.

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His perrennial allies, the ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism received eight and seven seats, respectively, in the poll. The far-right Yamina party, which has not said whether it will back Netanyahu, received 11 seats. The far-right Kahanist Religious Zionism party received four seats in the poll.  

All the other parties have stated that they will not enter a coalition with Netanyahu, although the large political differences between many of them raise questions about their ability to form a governing coalition.

The poll gave Yair Lapid's centrist Yesh Atid party 18 seats; former Likud member Gideon Sa'ar's right-wing New Hope party 13 seats; the Joint List alliance of predominately Arab parties nine seats; Avigdor Lieberman's hawkish Yisrael Beiteinu party seven seats; the center-left Labor party six seats; Defense Minister Benny Gantz's centrist Kahol Lavan party five seats; and the left-wing Meretz party four seats. Four is the minimum number of seats a party can get; if it receives less than 3.25 percent of the vote, it cannot enter the Knesset. 

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