Israel: Netanyahu Bloc Only Has One Seat Left to Win Knesset Majority – Poll

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The recent split in the Joint (Arab) List was expected to boost the opposition bloc’s chances of forming the next government

A latest poll released on Saturday evening indicated that Benjamin Netanyahu’s bloc would be one seat short of securing a majority in Israel’s 120-seat parliament, the Knesset.

Netanyahu’s Likud party is expected to get 33 seats, according to the poll by the Can public broadcaster. It is followed by Yesh Atid led by current Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid with 24 seats.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s National Unity got 12, as did Bezalel Smotrich’s Religious Zionism. Transport Minister Merav Mechaeli’s Labor Party can count on six seats, while Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beitenu and Zehava Galon’s Meretz are expected to get five seats each.

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The former part of the predominantly Arab Israeli faction of the Joint List, Hadash-Ta’al, won 4 seats, according to the poll, along with Ra’am of Mansour Abbas. The anti-Zionist Balad party, which split from Hadash and Ta’al earlier on Thursday, would not cross the 3.25% electoral threshold in the next elections.

Registration for parties wishing to run in Israel’s upcoming national elections closed on Thursday. Israelis will go to the polls on November 1 for the fifth time in less than four years.

Learn more about political parties in our Explainer: Israel’s Political Parties Before the 2022 Elections

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