Gantz's Kahol Lavan Widening Lead Over Netanyahu's Likud, Election Poll Shows

Kahol Lavan projected to get 36 Knesset seats; center-left alliance Labor-Gesher-Meretz is expected to receive eight seats

An election banner for Kahol Lavan showing leader Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, February 17, 2020.

Were elections held in Israel on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rival Benny Gantz and his Kahol Lavan party would increase their edge over Likud by three Knesset seats. 

According to a survey conducted by the country's Channel 13 News, the former army chief's party would receive 36 Knesset seats – three more than Likud's 33. 

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Left-wing alliance Labor-Gesher-Meretz is losing its strength compared ot the news channel's last poll, falling from 10 projected Knesset seats to eight. Right-wing alliance Yamia is expected to get seven seats, one more than it was slated to receive in the last survey.

The rest of the parties are expected to receive the same number of seats as  in previous polls: The Arab-led Joint List is expected to get 14 seats; Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu is to get eight seats; ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism are each to receive seven Knesset seats.

Kahanist party Otzma Yehudit is also projected to gain 1.9 percent of the total votes according to the survey, therefore failing to pass the electoral threshold.  

The survey, which was carried out by Prof. Camil Fuchs, queried 707 respondents; 603 of them are Jewish, and 106 are non-Jewish. There is a margin of error of 3.8 percent.