New Poll Has Yesh Atid at 20 Seats; Still No Clear Coalition

Yair Lapid, chairman of Yesh Atid, speaking in the Knesset. (Oren Ben Hakoon/POOL)

The Yesh Atid party cemented it status as the potential second-largest faction in the next Knesset, as the latest election poll projected it is likely to win 20 seats. Likud maintains the lead, however, with 28 seats.

The poll, which aired on 103FM Radio on Tuesday was conducted by Panel Politics, comprised 591 eligible voters and has a statistical margin of error of 4.3%.

The data showed that were elections held at this time Likud would win 28 seats, followed by Yesh Atid (20), Yamina (12), New Hope (11), the Joint Arab List (8), Shas (8), Yisrael Beytenu (8), United Torah Judaism (6), Labor (6), Blue and White (5), Meretz (4) and the Religious Zionist Party (4).

Failing to cross the 3.25% electoral threshold are the Economic Party (1.2%) and the Arab Ra’am Party (2.6%).

These results give the right-wing bloc 46 mandates to the Center-Left bloc’s 62 – excluding Yamina, which has yet to commit to joining either bloc.

Yamina leader Naftali Bennett has stated that he will not join the coalition led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. However even if he did, the right-wing bloc would still have only 58 seats – 3 short of the benchmark 61 seats necessary to form a government.

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