Blue and White losing support, Right gaining traction - Poll

Avigdor Liberman controls the swing votes to decide if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party will remain in power.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
August 3, 2019 01:58
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Blue and White leaders Benny Gantz (L) and Yair Lapid (R) embrace

Blue and White leaders Benny Gantz (L) and Yair Lapid (R) embrace during a campaign event, February 21st, 2019. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 After the newest Knesset lists were submitted, a new poll shows that the Likud and Blue and White both have lost seats according to Channel 12. Right now, the two leading parties are tied with 30 seats each.

The United Right, headed by Ayelet Shaked, will receive 12 seats, followed by the Joint Arab List with 11, Yisrael Beytenu with 10, United Torah Judaism with eight, Shas and the Democratic Union with seven each, and Labor-Gesher with five. 
Zehut, led by Moshe Feiglin, will not pass the 3.25% threshold.


The poll shows that right-wing parties are likely to win 42 seats and will have 57 once they form a coalition with the religious parties – still not enough to form a government.


The Center-Left parties would also win 42 seats. But even if they are able to add the 11 of the Joint Arab List for a total of 53 seats, they also won't be able to form a governing coalition.


As of now, therefore, Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman controls the swing votes that would decide if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud will remain in power, since his party's 10 votes would bring either bloc over the 61-seat minimum to form a controlling coalition.


The elections are set to take place on September 17. 



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