Israel Elections: Does Netanyahu have a gov't following Joint List split?

In both polls, the bloc led by opposition head Benjamin Netanyahu reached 60 and the current coalition bloc stood at 56.

 MK Ayman Odeh seen during a plenum session at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem on June 8, 2022 (photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90)
MK Ayman Odeh seen during a plenum session at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem on June 8, 2022
(photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90)

Neither bloc in Israel's divided Knesset was able to achieve a majority of 61 seats in two elections polls published Friday night by Channel 12 and Channel 13.

After all party lists were submitted to the Central Elections Committee, the polls revealed that none of the blocs achieved a majority following Balad's withdrawal from the Joint List, with Hadash-Ta'al reaching four seats. In both polls, the bloc led by opposition head Benjamin Netanyahu reached 60 and the current coalition bloc stood at 56.

Channel 12 poll

Channel 12's poll showed the Likud continues to lead with 33 seats, followed by Prime Minister Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid Party getting 23 seats. They were followed by Defense Minister Benny Gantz's National Unity party and the Religious Zionist Party of MKs Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben Gvir, each reaching 12 seats.

Shas and UTJ stood at eight and seven seats, Yisrael Beytenu and Labor received six seats, Meretz received five seats and Ra'am and Hadash-Ta'al receive four seats each.

HaBayit HaYehudi, led by Ayelet Shaked, does not pass the threshold and receives only 1.9% support. Hadar Mukhtar's Fiery Youth with 1.2% and Balad with 0.9% are also below the threshold.

 Head of the Likud Party Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem this week. (credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90) Head of the Likud Party Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem this week. (credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90)

Channel 13 poll

In Channel 13's poll, Likud received 32 seats while Yesh Atid achieved 24 seats. The third largest party is the Religious Zionists with 13 seats, followed by National Unity with 12.

Shas and UTJ again received eight and seven seats respectively, while Yisrael Beytenu remained on six. Meretz and Labor both won five seats and Ra'am and Hadash-Ta'al both won 4 seats each.

Shaked's party again did not pass the threshold, receiving only 2% support. She was joined below the electoral threshold again by Mukhtar with 1.9% and Balad with 1.2%, Yaron Zelicha's Economic Party with 1.1% and the Free Israel party with 0.4%.