If Israeli Elections Were Held Today, Netanyahu's Likud Would Still Lead, New Poll Says

Yair Lapid's centrist Yest Atid party would come in second with 25 Knesset seats to Likud's 27, followed by 13 for far-right Habayit Hayehudi party; Israeli Arab party would also get 13.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem March 16, 2017.
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If the Israeli elections were held today, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party would still get the most seats in Israel's parliament, a new poll by Channel 10 News said Friday, giving the ruling party 26 of the Knesset's 120 seats.

Yair Lapid's centrist Yest Atid party would come in second by just one Knesset seat, polling at 25, while the current opposition leader, the Zionist Union, would win only 10 seats.

Likud won 30 seats in the last Knesset elections in 2015, while the Zionist Union has 24, so the poll indicates a loss in support for both, while support for Lapid, who currently has 11 seats, seems to be on the rise.

Both the far-right Habayit Hayehudi party and the Israeli Arab Joint List party polled at 13.

According to the poll, if Israel's former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, who quit Likud after falling out with Netanyahu last year and recently announced he would establish his own political party, would run, he would win only 2.5% of the overall vote and would thus fail to cross the election threshold, which would leave him out of the Knesset.

The ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party polled at seven seats, as did the left-wing Meretz party. Shas and the center-right Kulanu were expected to win only six seats each, a fall for the latter which currently holds 10.

The results of the last public opinion poll by Channel 10 at the end of last year indicated that Lapid's Yesh Atid party would become the largest in parliament, with 27 of the Knesset's 120 seats, while Netanyahu's Likud would shrink to 23 seats.