Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud maintained its strength in a poll released by Channel 13 News on Tuesday, which gave the party 27 seats in a hypothetical election scenario – two less than in the channel's previous poll in early November, but enough to remain the largest party.
Likud currently has 36 seats in the Knesset. The poll was held amid an ongoing political crisis between Netanyahu and his coalition partner Benny Gantz, leader of the Kahol Lavan party, over the state budget and the latter's decision this week to open a commission of inquiry into allegations of government misconduct in the purchase of German naval vessels.
Naftali Bennett's Yamina would get 23 seats, according to the poll, a one-seat increase over the previous one, as the party's polling continues to far outpace its current showing in the Knesset, which amounts to only six seats.
A number of parties saw no change in number of seats from the channel's previous poll, with Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid holding steady at 20 (up from the 16 it currently has in the Knesset), the Joint List alliance of majority-Arab parties receiving 12 (down from 15 currently), and Gantz's Kahol Lavan getting 10 seats (five fewer than in the current Knesset). The ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism would get seven seats, and the left-wing Meretz party six – identical to the previous poll. Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu's party would get eight seats, one more than in the previous poll.
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The poll surveyed 706 respondents, 606 of them in the Jewish population and 100 among the Arab population. Its margin of error stands at 3.9 percent.