Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Benny Gantz (R).
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Blue and White will be the largest party in Knesset with 33 mandates, according to a new poll conducted by i24 news and Yisrael Hayom. The poll projects Likud trailing behind Blue and White with a total of 26 mandates, followed by Meretz with 8 mandates.
Torah Judaism, the United Right Parties and Labor are all expected to get 7 mandates. The New Right and Hadash-Ta'al are expected to get 6 mandates, while Shas, Zehut, Yisrael Beyteinu and Kulanu are expected to get 5 mandates each.
If Yisrael Beyteinu, Zehut and Kulanu get 5 mandates and pass the election threshold, they would cause the right-wing bloc to control a total of 66 mandates, while the left-wing bloc would only control 54 mandates, according to the poll. In a situation like this, where the right-wing bloc would have this majority, Benjamin Netanyahu would be easily able to form a coalition and be prime minister again.
The coalition would be large enough that even if one of the right-wing parties were to leave the coalition, it wouldn't collapse.
One of the most surprising results on the poll is Zehut. Not only does the party pass the threshold, but only 53 percent of respondents said they saw Zehut, Moshe Feiglin's party, as a right-wing party.
Gesher, Balad-Raam, other parties and Yahad will not pass the threshold, according to the poll.
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