Labor Makes a Comeback in Latest Election Poll, Giving anti-Netanyahu Bloc Clear Majority

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Labor Chairwoman Merav Michaeli at a party meeting in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
Labor Chairwoman Merav Michaeli at a party meeting in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

An election poll published Tuesday shows Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayhu's Likud party losing some support, while the bloc of parties seeking to replace him after Israel's March 23 election is growing to 66 out of 120 Knesset seats.

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According the Channel 13 News poll, Likud would get 29 seats – three down from the network's previous poll, released last week. Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid is down two seats from the previous poll, taking it to 16 seats.

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Labor seems to continue to gain confidence under the leadership of its new chairwoman, Merav Michaeli, and is up to eight seats, according to the poll.

Yesh Atid and Labor, together with Gideon Sa'ar's New Hope, Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu, the Joint List, Meretz and Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan – all parties that vowed to replace Netanyahu – are predicted to get 66 seats, giving the bloc a clear majority. Likud, together with ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism, would get 44 seats, while Naftali Bennett's Yamina party, which may or may not back Netanyahu after the election, would get 10.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai's The Israelis party would not pass the 3.25-percent electoral threshold, according to the poll, and neither would Tnufa, led by former Yesh Atid's number 2, Ofer Shelah. A potential merger of Labor, The Israelis and Tnufa, according to the poll, would get 11 seats.

In the likely scenario in which the United Arab List, which is one of four factions making up the Arab-majority Joint List, runs on its own, the poll predicts it would have just enough votes to clear the electoral threshold, with four Knesset seats.

Should far-right parties National Union, Habayit Hayehudi and Otzma Yehudit merge, the joint slate would get six seats, but take Netanyahu's Likud down to 27 and Bennett's Yamina to eight.

The Channel 13 poll included 703 respondents; 604 of them are Jewish and 99 are Arabs. The margin of error is 3.7 percent.

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