Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid Neck and Neck With Netanyahu's Likud in Latest Poll

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Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid
Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid is breathing down Netanyahu's neck, according to the poll, but that doesn't mean he will be Israel's next prime minister.Credit: Emil Salman

Israeli opposition party Yesh Atid is running neck and neck with the ruling Likud party in an electoral poll that Israel’s Channel 10 announced on Sunday. Each party received 24 seats in the Knesset poll.

Meanwhile, Zionist Union, the traditional opposition leader, slid two seats relative to the previous poll to 17 seats as the gap with Yair Lapid’s centrist Yesh Atid continued to widen.

The next largest parties in the Knesset would be the religious Zionist party Habayit Hayehudi with 12 seats, followed by the Joint Arab List with 11 seats. Center-right party Kulanu got nine seats, while the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism and leftists secular Meretz each polled seven seats. Yisrael Beiteinu, led by Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, received five seats in the poll. Ultra-Orthodox party Shas received just four seats.

The overall trend indicates a slight weakening of the right in contrast to a small gain for the center-left, compared to two previous polls. However, the center-left still lacks the ability to block the right from maintaining its hold on the government according to the latest poll.

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