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Polls Show No Winner
By Micah Halpern
According to an early opinion poll, neither of the large blocs in Israel's parliament, the Knesset, will get a majority of the 61 seats necessary to form a stable government.
The poll was conducted by 103FM. It was conducted following the announcement by the ruling coalition to vote on dissolving the Knesset.
Yair Lapid, Israel’s Foreign Minister, would replace Naftali Bennett as prime minister until the new election which is scheduled for October 25th.
According to the 103FM poll, the Bennett-Lapid bloc can count on 55 seats. And the right-wing bloc, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, is predicted to get 59 seats. There are 120 seats in the Knesset.
Looking at it party be party, rather than by multi-party coalitions, Netanyahu’s Likud party is expected to receive 36 seats, while Lapid’s Yesh Atid party is predicted to get 20 seats. Outgoing Prime Minister Bennett’s Yamina party is predicted to gain back seats raising their number to seven.
The poll also indicates increased support for the Religious Zionist Party led by Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir with 10 predicted seats. Blue and White led by Israel’s Defense minister Benny Gantz will, according to the poll, retain their eight seats, while Israel’s Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party is expected to lose two seats ending up with only five.
According to the poll, the Labor Party and the Joint List are predicted to get seven and six seats respectively. Ra’am and New Hope are predicted to receive a minimum of four seats each.
Former Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who served as Israel's longest-serving prime minister, said he intends to form “a strong, forceful” alternative government. He is gearing up for the October 25th election.
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24 June 2022 04:39 PM in Thoughts
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