Netanyahu will be able to form a government as Israel’s next PM – according to recent poll

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With one week before Israelis go to the polls, a survey conducted by the Maariv newspaper and Walla website found that opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu will be able to form a governing coalition, with a 61-seat majority.

The poll, published on Monday, shows that Netanyahu can form a parliamentary coalition with his own Likud party, the far-right Religious Zionism and the two ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism.

According to the poll, the current government coalition led by Prime Minister Yair Lapid would only receive 55 seats. Lapid’s Yesh Atid party is coming in second to Netanyahu’s Likud party with 23 seats, the poll says, compared to Likud’s 32.

And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.” Daniel 2:21

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Itamar Ben Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich’s Religious Zionism party surged ahead, collecting 14 seats to become Israel’s third largest party, while Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz’ centrist National Unity received 12 seats.

Shas and United Torah Judaism would earn eight and seven seats, respectively. Israel Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman’s party, Yisrael Beytenu, would receive six seats. Left-wing parties Labor and Meretz would get five seats each; and the Arab parties Hadash-Ta’al and Ra’am would get four seats each. A third Arab party called Balad and Israel’s Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked’s party, Jewish Home, would both fail to reach the threshold.

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