Poll: Netanyahu's Likud Overtakes Gantz's Kahol Lavan; Labor Surges to 14 Seats

Labor party is a survey surprise, with projected popularity coming after weeks it staggered behind ■ 54 percent of respondents believe Gantz will agree to sit in the same government with Netanyahu

File photo: Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Jerusalem April 1, 2019.
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A new poll published by Israel's Channel 13 Tuesday night predicted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party would overtake his rival Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan.

According to the poll, Likud would get 29 Knesset seats if elections were held today, whereas the political alliance headed by Gantz would get 28 seats.

Another surprise revealed by the poll was the ascent of the Labor party, which is projected to receive 14 Knesset seats.

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Coming up after Labor is the Union of Right-Wing Parties, which came in with seven seats. Moshe Feiglin's Zehut party would receive six seats, as would Hadash-Ta'al and United Torah Judaism.

The new right-wing party Hayamin Hehadash, headed by Education Minister Nafatali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, would get five Knesset seats; so would Shas, left-wing party Meretz and the United Arab List-Balad. Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon's Kulano party is barely scraping through the electoral threshold, with the poll predicting it would get four knesset seats.

Respondents were also asked whether they believed the ex-general would join a government headed by Netanyahu. 54 percent of those asked said they did believe Gantz would agree to that, while 22 percent said they did not believe he would. Thirty-four percent of those asked said they did not know what Gantz would choose. 

Gantz himself said two weeks ago that he would not sit in a government headed by Netanyahu after the election, a day after a recording was published in which he could be heard saying that there is a chance he could join a Netanyahu-headed coalition.

"The remarks in the recording were made before the details of the grave indictment draft against Netanyahu were fully revealed, and definitely before it was known that he made 16 million shekels out of the submarines deal and lied to the public on defense issues," Gantz said in defense of the leaked recording.