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Netanyahu and Gantz at the Kotel

Twelve days before the elections, and with the escalation of tensions in the south and the American recognition of Israel’s rule over the Golan Heights, the race for the 21st Knesset is getting tighter.

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According to a News 13 poll conducted Thursday, if the elections were held today, the Likud party headed by Benjamin Netanyahu and the Blue and White party headed by Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid would win 30 seats each.

This marks a continued rising trend for Likud and a retreat for Gantz et al. At this point, the left-center bloc stands at 56 seats, compared to 64 seats for the right-wing bloc,

The Labor Party, headed by Avi Gabai, now has 10 seats, the right-wing union receives seven mandates, as do United Torah Judaism, Moshe Feiglin’s Zehut, and the joint list of Hadash-Ta’al.

The New Right headed by Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked will receive five mandates, as will Meretz, chaired by Tamar Zandberg. The Arab Ra’am-Balad and Shas get four seats each.

Yisrael Beiteinu, headed by Avigdor Liberman, and Orly Levy Abekasis’ Gesher do not pass the 3.25% threshold.

When asked who is more suited to serve as prime minister, 51% of respondents answered that Netanyahu is more appropriate than Ganz, who won only 36%. 13% did not know.

The survey, conducted by Professor Camille Fox, included 801 respondents, of them 601 from the Jewish sector and 200 of the non-Jewish sector, with a +/- 3.6% sampling error.

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