Poll: Netanyahu would lose an election by a landslide

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Poll: Netanyahu would lose an election by a landslide

Conducted by Channel 12, it shows Benny Gantz's party would increase from 12 to 37 seats and Likud would drop from 32 to just 18 seats. 

Outgoing Defense Minister Benny Gantz.
Outgoing Defense Minister Benny Gantz.

National Unity party leader Benny Gantz would triple his party’s seats if elections were held tomorrow while Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Likud party would lose almost half its seats, according to a new poll.

The poll, conducted by Channel 12, shows that Gantz’s party would increase from 12 to 37 seats and Likud would drop from 32 to just 18 seats.

Opposition leader Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party also loses support, getting just 15 seats compared to the 24 it currently has. The right-wing nationalist party, Yisrael Beytenu, would get nine seats, increasing its position with three seats.

United Torah Judaism and Shas wouldn’t change their positions, both getting the same 11 seats they currently have, while Jewish Power party led by Itamar Ben-Gvir would get eight seats.

The other far-right party, Religious Zionism, led by Betzalel Smotrich, would fail to get enough votes to cross the electoral threshold, and so would both Labour and the Arab-Israeli party, Balad.

The other two Arab-Israeli parties, Hadash-Ta’al and Ra’am would both get five seats each.

When asked if Israelis would prefer Netanyahu or Gantz as prime minister, the latter won by a landslide, with 45% choosing him and just 27% wanting Netanyahu to continue his leadership.

Another surprise in the poll was former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who would receive 11 seats if he launched a new party, while former Mossad chief Yossi Cohen would get nine seats if he did the same.

33% if Israelis would prefer Bennett as prime minister just 27% would pick Netanyahu, if they choice were between the two arch rivals.

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