In First for 2021 Election, Poll Finds Meretz Doesn't Have Enough Votes to Make It Into Knesset

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Meretz chairman Nitzan Horowitz in the Knesset.
Meretz chairman Nitzan Horowitz in the Knesset.Credit: Oren Ben Hakoon

Meretz dropped below the 3.25-percent electoral threshold for entering the Knesset for the first time in the current election cycle, according to an online poll released Tuesday by Kan public broadcaster. 

The party won just 2.8 percent in the poll, in contrast to recent polls which gave the party between four and five seats. Meanwhile, Gantz's Kahol Lavan also faces the unsavory prospect of not reaching the Knesset in the March election, scraping past the minimum vote share.

The poll has a a margin of error of 4.4 percent. 

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According to the poll, Netanyahu's supporters, which include his party, the ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism, Naftali Bennett's Yamina, and the far-right party Religious Zionism, will be able to form a government with a total of 62 seats.

Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party maintains his position as the leader of the opposition, securing 18 seats. The anti-Netanyahu bloc, which includes an array of disparate parties, reaches only 58 seats. 

The United Arab List, which split from the Joint List, won 1.9 percent in the poll, while Prof. Yaron Zelekha's  achieved 2.1% percent of the vote. Both fail to cross the quorum. 

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