//Polls: Likud trails but maintains majority for coalition

Polls: Likud trails but maintains majority for coalition

The final opinion polls show Benny Gantz’s Blue & White party opening up a lead but still unable to form a center-left coalition.

As of midday today no more opinion polls can be published before next Tuesday’s Knesset elections. The final round of polls published today showed Benny Gantz’s Blue & White party opening up a clear lead over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party. But many parties are hovering close to the 4-seat minimum threshold and ultimately, this factor could decide who can form the next government.

In the latest polls: “Yediot Ahronot” has Blue & White winning 30 seats and the Likud 26; “Maariv” – i24News has Blue & White winning 28 seats and Likud 27; “Israel Hayom” has Blue & White winning 32 seats and Likud 27; Channel 12 News has Blue & White winning 30 seats and the Likud 26; while Channel 11 KAN has the Likud winning 31 seats and Blue & White 30.

The average of the five polls has Blue & White with 30 seats and the Likud with 27 while the Labor party wins 10 seats, Hadash-Ta’al (7), United Torah Jewry (7), New Right (6), Meretz (5), United Right List (5), Zehut (5), , Shas (5), Kulanu (4), Yisrael Beitenu (4), and Ra’am Balad (4).

This means that despite not being the largest party, Netanyahu could form a 63-seat right wing coalition, and there would be no way that Blue & White could block Likud unless they could form an alliance with some right wing parties.

Published by Globes, Israel business news – en.globes.co.il – on April 5, 2019

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