Israeli Election Poll Shows Joint Left-wing Slate Won’t Change Political Map

Union of Meretz, Labor and Ehud Barak's party is projected to only shuffle two seats within the center-left bloc

Ehud Barak, Nitzan Horowitz and Amir Peretz.
Nir Keidar, Tomer Appelbaum, Moti Milrod

An alliance of Meretz, Labor and Ehud Barak’s Democratic Israel would not change the electoral balance between the center-left and the right-wing, according to a Channel 12 News poll published Tuesday.

If such an alliance were forged, Likud would win 31 Knesset seats out of 120 in the September 17 election, as it would without the alliance, while Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan would drop to 28 Knesset members, from 30.

An alliance of right-wing parties led by Ayelet Shaked would win 12 seats at Likud’s expense, leaving the ruling party with just 28 seats. Kahol Lavan would be unchanged.

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The poll also gave the Joint List 11 seats (although Arab-majority parties Hadash, Balad, Ta'al and the United Arab List have yet to announce a merge), Yisrael Beiteinu 10, United Torah Judaism 8, Shas 7, Labor 6, Hayamin Hehadash 5, Democratic Israel 4, Meretz 4 and Union of Right-Wing parties 4.