New Poll Shows Likud Continues to Lose Strength

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Jim Hollander/Pool Photo via AP)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. (Jim Hollander/Pool Photo via AP)

One year after Binyamin Netanyahu established his newest coalition, a poll shows that he would not be able to establish a government if elections were held today, at least not with the Likud as the dominant party. According to the poll, Netanyahu’s party loses four seats, falling from its current 30 to 26. Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid, meanwhile,  jumps eight seats, from 11 to 19.

Zionist Camp, meanwhile, does even worse than the Likud, falling from its current 24 to 18 seats. As a result, the Yitzchak Herzog-led party would become the third largest in the Knesset.

Growing in strength in the poll is Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home, which rises from its current eight seats to 11, and Yisrael Beitenu, rising from six to eight seats. United Torah Judaism rises from its current six to seven seats, but Shas falls from seven to six. Also losing strength is Moshe Kachlon’s Kulanu, which drops from ten to seven seats. The United Arab List maintains its strength, at thirteen seats.

The poll, taken over the past week by the Minah Tzemach polling organization, was similar to one taken two weeks ago. That poll showed that Zionist Camp would slip to 15 seats, down from its current 24. Those seats would be picked up by Yesh Atid, which would jump to 18 seats from its current ten. The Likud remains the largest party, but loses three seats, falling from 30 in the current Knesset to 27. Those seats are picked up Jewish Home, which rises from 8 to 12 seats.

Chareidi parties United Torah Judaism and Shas would each get seven seats, the poll said. Losing significant strength in that poll is Kulanu, which drops from eleven seats to six, the same number as Meretz. Growing from its current six is Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beitenu, which would receive ten seats. The Joint Arab List drops from its current 13 seats to 12.

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