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Poll finds former Israel military chief would win 12 seats in election

Benny Gantz, Former Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Chief of staff. [File photo]
Benny Gantz, former Israeli military chief of staff, and presidential candidate [File photo]

A new party headed by former Israeli military chief of staff Benny Gantz would win 12 Knesset seats in an election, according to a new poll whose results were released yesterday, reported Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post.

In such a scenario, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud would take 29 seats, with Yesh Atid trailing in second place on 13 seats, followed by Joint List with 12.

The Labor-dominated Zionist Camp would fall to ten seats. United Torah Judaism would win seven, Kulanu six, while Shas, Yisrael Beiteinu, and a party headed by Orli Levi-Abekasis would get five each.

However, if Gantz’s party was not in the running, then Likud would win 32 seats, according to the poll, with Yesh Atid gaining 18. The Zionist Camp would get 12, the same as the Joint List, and Jewish Home would win ten.

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Kulanu and United Torah Judaism would each receive seven seats, while Meretz and Levi-Abekasis’ party would each receive six. Yisrael Beiteinu and Shas would each receive five seats.

When asked who is most fit to be prime minister, 38 per cent of respondents said Netanyahu, 12 per cent Gantz, nine per cent Yair Lapid, five per cent Avigdor Lieberman, four per cent Avi Gabbay and one per cent Naftali Bennett. Eighteen per cent said none of the above and 13 per cent declined to respond.

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