Poll: Labor-Livni alliance beats Likud, but Netanyahu would have easier time forming coalition

The new Center-Left list formed by Labor leader Isaac Herzog and Hatnua head Tzipi Livni could defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud by four seats, a Panels Research poll taken Wednesday night for The Jerusalem Post and its Hebrew sister paper Ma'ariv Sof Hashavua found.
The poll found that if elections were held now, the Center-Left list would win 24 seats, Likud 20, Bayit Yehudi 17, Yisrael Beytenu 10, Kulanu 10, Yesh Atid nine, United Torah Judaism eight, Shas six, Meretz six, Hadash five and the United Arab List that will include Balad five.
With such results, Herzog would not be able to form a coalition of the necessary 61 MKs, unless he could get either Yisrael Beytenu and Meretz or Yesh Atid and haredi (ultra-Orthodox) parties to coexist. By contrast, Netanyahu could easily form a stable coalition of 71 MKs from the Right, haredi parties and Kulanu or try to build a wider national unity government with the Center-Left list.
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