Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Likud loses support as far-right Yamina gains strength new polling shows

An April poll had Netanyahu's Likud winning 40 seats after Israel's initial coronavirus response; the prime minister though increases his right-wing and religious parliamentary bloc after polling shows a 64 member backing

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Published: 07.15.20 , 15:06
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party has lost public support as far-right Yamina, led by Naftali Bennett gained strength according to a public opinion poll published Wednesday by the Tel Aviv radio station 103FM.
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  • The poll was conducted by Panels Politics and included 543 Israelis aged 18 years and older, from the Jewish and Arab sectors.
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    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
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    If elections were to be held now, Likud would win 34 Knesset seats, according to the poll, down from their current number of 36.
    Naftali Bennetts Yamina received 14 seats, a considerable jump from the five seats they had won in the March 2020 elections.
    Polling conducted in April for Israel's Channel 12, after the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party was given 40 seats.
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    Demonstrators call for the ousting of Prime Minister Netanyahu's government in Jerusalem
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    The Blue and White party that had split from its partners to join the Netanyahu coalition is shown to have a 9-seat support only. In earlier polling this year. Benny Gantz's party polled at 19 seats.
    Opposition parties have gained strength in this latest poll with the Yesh Atid-Telem alliance receiving 16 seats and Avigdor Liberman's Yisrael Beytenu party with 9 seats.
    The Joint List would remain with 15 seats and Meretz would increase its strength from three seats currently to seven if a vote were to be held today.
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    The Knesset plenum in times of coronavirus
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    The ultra-Orthodox block according to the poll would have 16 seats, one less than they currently occupy.
    Despite Likud's apparent drop in polling, Netanyahu's right-wing and religious parliamentary bloc has gained strength and would allow him a 64-seat majority while the fragmented opposition would be able to muster 57 seats only.

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