Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will easily retain power, but center-left parties are narrowing the gap in total potential Knesset representation, a Walla poll released Tuesday showed.
According to the data, the right-wing parties, led by Likud-Beytenu, will win 47 seats and center-left 46, while the ultra-Orthodox factions will garner 16 seats and Arab parties 11.
A ruling right-wing plus religious coalition would total 63 seats, while the center-left plus Arab parties would add up to 57, giving Netanyahu only a slim mandate.
The poll showed the joint Likud-Yisrael Beytenu list holding steady at 38 seats, along with 11 for Shas and nine for the right-wing Jewish Home party. Labor dropped slightly to 17 seats, from the 20 predicted in a Channel 10 poll last week, while new center-left parties Hatnua and Yesh Atid are projected to score 11 apiece, up from a Haaretz poll on Monday that showed them getting nine and six respectively.
Results for other parties were: Kadima, four; United Torah Judaism, five; Meretz, three; United Arab List, five; Hadash, three, and Balad, three.
Haim Amsalem’s fledgling Am Shalem party, a breakaway from Shas, did not receive any mandates. It had been expected to just clear the threshold to enter the Knesset. The Monday Haaretz poll gave Am Shalem three seats.
On Tuesday, Maariv reported that several Hatnua candidates who had defected from Kadima were disappointed at being placed relatively low on the list for Tzipi Livni’s new party. One disgruntled candidate reportedly complained that “she threw us to the wolves” after accepting the campaign finance money they brought to the new party because of their current Knesset seats.