Netanyahu Gains Steam, Gantz Teetering on the Brink, Election Poll Shows

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu receiving the coronavirus vaccine on December 19, 2020
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party is powering ahead to 29 out of 120 Knesset seats, a poll published Tuesday by Channel 12 News finds, hours before the parliament is set to dissolve, sending Israel to its fourth election in two years.

This represents a two-seat increase from last week's poll for the sitting prime minister, though a clear path to a 61-seat majority continues to elude him.

Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan, according to the poll, has reached a new nadir at just five seats.

Netanyahu's ultra-Orthodox allies, Shas and United Torah Judaism, are polling consistently at eight seats each, while Yamina has also plateaued at 13.

The prime minister's closest rival remains former Likud lawmaker, Gideon Sa'ar, who left it in early December to form his New Hope party, but has fallen from 21 to 18 seats in polls over the past week. 

Yesh Atid-Telem also made up ground, gaining two seats from the previous poll, and taking their total to 16. 

After negotiations between Gantz and Netanyahu over the state budget broke down, the Knesset will dissolve Tuesday midnight. Election Day is slated for March 23.

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