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Latest polls show Gantz maintaining narrow lead over Netanyahu

Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid seen on stage during the announcement of the new Blue and White Alliance on 21 February 2019 in Tel Aviv, Isreal. [Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images]
Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid seen on stage during the announcement of the new Blue and White Alliance on 21 February 2019 in Tel Aviv, Isreal. [Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images]

New polls released yesterday show that the Blue and White list is maintaining a narrow lead over Likud, ahead of Israeli elections in two weeks, reported Haaretz.

The polls, from Channel 12 and Channel 13, both show Likud holding 28 seats in the Knesset, and Benny Gantz’s Blue and White list “remaining steady at 31 and 32 seats, respectively”.

In addition, “when asked which of the candidates they want as prime minister, 39 percent of those polled responded Benjamin Netanyahu while 34 percent preferred Gantz”, Haaretz added.

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Meanwhile, “60 percent of respondents think Benjamin Netanyahu will form the next government while 20 percent think it will be Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid in rotation.”

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Other findings of the latest polls include that Moshe Feiglin’s Zehut party “is continuing on its upward trend”, showing a total of four-six seats in the Knesset. Channel 12’s poll “shows Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu party did not garner enough votes to enter Knesset”.

Haaretz added that “both polls give the Israel Labor Party 10 seats, forming the third-largest party. Both also show Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked’s Hayamin Hehadash losing a seat, now at five.”

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