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Lapid and Gantz united

New polls conducted by Israeli media on Thursday showed a very close race between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and the new “Blue and White Faction” headed by former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid.

But for the first time in this race, at least three of the polls showed Likud trailing behind Gantz and Lapid’s left-center faction.

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A poll conducted Thursday by Channel 12 News showed the Blue and White Faction winning 36 seats, and Likud with only 30.

A Channel 13 News survey showed Blue and White with 36 seats, and Likud with 26.

Channel 11 News placed the two competitors a bit closer, but with Likud still behind Blue and White, 35 to 32.

Bayit Yehudi signed a merger Thursday night with the National Union and Otzma Yehudit parties. The new faction is called the ‘Union of Right Wing Parties.’

Below are the complete polling results:

Channel 12 News Poll
36 – Blue and White
30 – Likud
8 – Labor
7 – United Torah Judaism
6 – The New Right
6 – Joint Arab List
6 – Ta’al
5 – Shas
4 – Yisrael Beytenu
4 – Bayit Yehudi
4 – Meretz
4 – Kulanu

Channel 13 News Poll
36 – Blue and White
26 – Likud
10 – Hadash – Ta’al
8 – Bayit Yehudi
7 – United Torah Judaism
6 – Shas
5 – Labor
5 – Yisrael Beyteinu
5 – The New Right
4 – Kulanu
4 – Meretz
4 – Balad

(Hat Tip to Nir)

Channel 11 News Poll
35 – Blue and White
32 – Likud
11 – Arab Joint List of
8 – Labor
7 – New Right
6 – Bayit Yehudi
6 – United Torah Judaism
6 – Shas
5 – Yisrael Beytenu
4 – Meretz

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.