Poll Shows Meretz in Wipeout

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Meretz MK Issawi Frej (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

March 23 could be the end of the far-left, anti-religious Meretz party.

A poll published by Kan News on Thursday night was the latest to predict that Meretz would fall below the electoral threshold.

According to the findings, Likud will have 29 seats; Yesh Atid 20; New Hope 12; Yamina 11; Joint List 8; Shas 7; United Torah Judaism 7; Yisrael Beytenu 7; Labor 6; Blue and White 5; Religious Zionism 4; and Ra’am 4.

Likud and the religious parties collected 47 seats, well short of the 61 needed to form a coalition. However, if the right-wing Yamina and Ra’am, the Islamist offshoot from the Joint Arab List, would join, they’d have 62 seats. The two parties have not ruled out joining a Likud-led coalition.