Tel-Aviv: The final polls conducted on Tuesday before the election point to a continuing political deadlock, as the anti- or pro-Netanyahu blocs are not expected to receive 61 seats to form a government.
Naftali Bennett’s Yamina party, which is not currently affiliated with any of the parties, could give the parties a coalition against Netanyahu.
The final poll broadcast by KAN Channel 11 gave Netanyahu‘s Likud party 31 seats, followed by Yesh Atid with 19 seats, New Hope and Yamina were the third-largest party with nine seats each, and the joint list is stable on eight. The ultra-Orthodox Shas party also has eight, while United Torah Judaism (UTJ) and Yisrael Beytenu each have seven seats.
Labor and the Religious Zionist Party each won five seats, while Blue and White, Meretz, and Ra’am exceeded the election threshold by four seats each.
According to Channel 11’s poll, the anti-Netanyahu bloc would have 56 seats, while the pro-Netanyahu bloc would get 51 seats. Yamina and Ra’am, who have both declared no support for either country, keep the balance of power. Yamina’s nine seats could give the anti-Netanyahu bloc a coalition, and along with Ra’am, they could both provide one to the problem.
The Channel 12 poll also suggested that there is a continuing deadlock. Compared to the similar Channel 11 poll, the Likud gets one seat at the expense of Yesh Atid, and Labor receives one at the Religious Zionist Party’s cost. According to the survey, the Likud party would receive 32 seats, followed by Yesh Atid with 18, New Hope and Yamina equal to nine each, the Joint List and Shas at eight, and United Torah Judaism and Yisrael Beytenu at seven.
On the lower side was Labor with six seats, followed by Religious Zionist, Blue, and White, Meretz and Ra’am, who each won four seats each.
The blocs remain the same, with anti-Netanyahu receiving 56 seats again and pro-Netanyahu 51, leaving Yamina and Ra’am again as the kingmakers.
The latest poll, broadcast by Channel 13, showed similar results. Compared to the Channel 12 poll, New Hope and Yamina both won a seat at the Likud’s expense, and Yisrael Beytenu lost a seat to Religious Zionist. Likud was still far ahead with 30 seats, followed by Yesh Atid with 18, New Hope and Yamina equaled third place with 10 seats each, Shas and the Joint List with eight and the UTJ retained seven seats.
Both Labor and Yisrael Beytenu would each receive six seats and the Religious Zionist Party five, followed by Blue and White, Meretz and Ra’am who again crossed the election threshold with four seats each.
In this scenario, the anti-Netanyahu bloc would get 56 seats again, while the pro-Netanyahu bloc would get one less on 50 seats, leaving Yamina and Ra’am again as kingmakers.
These polls will be the last before the election on March 23, in accordance with Israel’s election campaign laws.