Israel Election Poll: Kahanists Gain Steam, anti-Netanyahu Bloc Holds Razor Thin Lead

Channel 12 poll gives the far-right-Kahanist Religious Zionism party five seats, with parties opposed to Netanyahu getting a total of 61 seats out of the Knesset's 120

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Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich in the Knesset, two years ago.
Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich in the Knesset, two years ago.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

Parties that have pledged not to join a government headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would receive a total of 61 out of the Knesset's 120 seats if the upcoming March election were held today, according to poll released Wednesday by Channel 12 News.

The right-wing Yamina party, which has not committed to either backing or rejecting Netanyahu, would get 11 seats, according to the poll, while Netanyahu's Likud party and the ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism would receive a combined 48 seats.

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According to the poll, Likud would get 28 seats – one less than in the channel's previous poll, which was released on Friday. Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party got 18 seats in the poll, an improvement of one seat from last week's poll, while Gideon Sa'ar's New Hope party – formed when the lawmaker quit Likud – got 13 seats, one less than last week.

The Joint List alliance of majority Arab parties got nine seats in the poll. Labor would receive six seats, the poll said, showing no change from the previous one. Meanwhile, the far-right Religious Zionism alliance, led by Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir, would win five seats, one more than in the previous poll, and Meretz and Kahol Lavan would each earn four, according to the poll.

The United Arab List, which recently quit the Joint List, and the Economic Party would both fail to pass the 3.25-percent threshold for entering the Knesset.

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