Netanyahu coalition loses majority in latest poll

A new poll commissioned by Channel 1 shows Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s coalition losing four seats – and losing its majority.

The TNC poll published on Wednesday reveals big declines for Likud, the Zionist Union (Labor), and Kulanu, while Yesh Atid and Jewish Home enjoyed large gains.

Netanyahu’s Likud, which surprised observers in 2015 by winning 30 seats, falls in the latest poll to 25. Zionist Union, an amalgamation of the Labor Party and Tzipi Livni’s HaTnua, fairs even worse, falling from 24 seats to just 15. Moshe Kachlon’s Kulanu party, a partner in Netanyahu’s coalition, loses 40% of its support according to the poll, falling to 6 seats.

On the other hand, Yesh Atid, under former Finance Minister Yair Lapid, surges from 11 seats today to 21 seats in the poll. Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home also rises from 8 to 12. Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu also gained seats, going from 6 in the current Knesset to 8 in the poll.

The predominantly Arab Joint List party remains stable at 13 seats, while Meretz gains a single seat, rising to 6.

The haredi religious parties Shas and United Torah Judaism won 7 each, reflecting no change for Shas and a gain of one seat for UTJ.


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