Final Election Polls Give Netanyahu a Growing Chance of Clinching Majority

Neither major bloc secures a majority, polls show, but Prime Minister Netanyahu's Likud may have an easier path. Meanwhile, prospect of fifth election also remains likely

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A man walks past a Likud party campaign poster for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the city of Sderot, Israel, today.
A man walks past a Likud party campaign poster for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the city of Sderot, Israel, today. Credit: Tsafrir Abayov / AP

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and the bloc of parties supporting his re-election struggle to secure a Knesset majority, according to public opinion polls released Friday, four days before Election Day.

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The bloc of parties vowing to replace Netanyahu in next Tuesday's election also don't have a majority, according the polls by Channel 12 News and Channel 13 News, making the possiblity a fifth election cycle – after four ones in two years – more likely.

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The Channel 13 poll predicts the pro-Netanyahu bloc to win 60 seats, one short of forming a government, that is if Naftali Bennett's Yamina party joins it.

Bennett has so far stayed mum on the possibility of backing a Netanyahu-led government, and said he sees himself as a candidate for prime minister.

The Channel 12 poll projected a similar outcome, with results showing the pro-Netanyahu bloc, with Yamina, to score a total of 60 seats. 

Neither of the polls predicted one clear bloc to form a majority.

The results didn't stray from polls conducted earlier this week on Sunday and Tuesday, but did show a growing support for Likud.

The parties that promised to back Netanyahu for prime minister are the ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism, and Bezalel Smotrich's Religious Zionism party.

The anti-Netanyahu bloc, led by Yesh Atid's Yair Lapid, is comprised of Gideon Sa'ar's breakaway New Hope party, Israel's Labor party, Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beteinu, Meretz, Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan, the Joint List alliance of predominantly Arab parties.

Alongside Yamina, the United Arab List, headed by Mansour Abbas, also hasn't said who it will endorse for prime minister.