New election polls published by Israeli news Channels 12 and 13 after Ehud Barak's Democratic Israel, Meretz and Labor lawmaker Stav Shaffir announced a joint run on Thursday projected that the new alliance would get 10 and 12 Knesset seats, respectively.
The Labor Party, which has recently merged with Orly Levi-Abekasis' Gesher Party, is expected to receive seven Knesset seats according to both channels. Hayamin Hehadash, now headed by former Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, is slated to garner nine seats (according to the Channel 12 poll) or 10 (according to Channel 13). This places Shaked's outfit far ahead of the Union of Right-wing Parties, which is only expected to win four seats according to the two polls.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud is still leading the race, with polls indicating that it would win 28-29 seats. The Kahol Lavan alliance came in a close second in Channel 12's poll, which predicted it would get 27 Knesset seats; Channel 13's poll found that the political union headed by Benny Gantz would only get 23 seats.
An alliance of Arab parties, should they mend their differences and announce a resurrected slate, would give the Joint List 11 seats according to both polls. Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu would get 10 seats. United Torah Judaism would get eight seats if elections were held today, Channel 12's poll showed, while Channel 13 anticipated the ultra-Orthodox party would get six seats. Shas will get seven seats, Channel 12's poll found, while Channel 13 projected five seats. Moshe Feiglin's Zehut Party will cross the electoral threshold with a mere four seats, Channel 13 predicted.
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