Netanyahu's Likud Lags Behind Gantz-Lapid Alliance, New Election Poll Shows

Despite Kahol Lavan having 31 seats to Likud's 27, the right-wing bloc would still win, with 64 seats overall

Israel's Kahol Lavan party leader Benny Gantz at AIPAC in Washington, U.S., March 25, 2019
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Kahol Lavan, the political alliance led by former Israeli army chief Benny Gantz, would edge over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud by four seats if the election were held today, a poll published Friday by the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth showed.

Despite Kahol Lavan leading with 31 seats to Likud's 27, the right-wing bloc would still win with 64 seats overall. Orly Levi-Abekasis' Gesher party would not make it past the electoral threshold, while Moshe Feiglin's far-right Zehut would get five seats.

Another poll by Channel 13 News on Thursday found Kahol Lavan and Likud tied at 30, with no less than seven seats for Zehut. Gesher once again did not earn enough seats to enter the Knesset, as did Yisrael Beiteinu, led by former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

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Labor was predicted 10 seats, followed by the Union of Right-Wing Parties with seven. Ultra-Orthodox party United Torah Judaism also stood at seven seats, as did Arab-majority list Hadash-Ta'al. Left-wing Meretz and right-wing Hayamin Hehadash, led by ministers Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked, were predicted five seats each, and the United Arab List-Balad, Kulanu and Shas four.

The poll also looked at Israelis' attitude regarding Netanyahu and some of his recent policy moves. Fifty-one percent of respondents said Netanyahu is the best fit for prime minister, whereas only 36 percent said Gantz is most suitable for the position. Thirteen percent said they don't know which politician would be best suited to lead the country.