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Snap polls show likely gridlock following a new election

Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Yamina party, and his wife Galit vote in the city of Ra'anana, Israel, Tuesday, March 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Yamina party, and his wife Galit vote in the city of Ra'anana, Israel, Tuesday, March 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Snap polls carried out in the wake of Yamina MK Idit Silman’s defection from the governing coalition show that despite Likud gaining seats, there is still no clear path for either side to build a government after a new election.

With Silman’s exit, the current government is teetering on the blink of collapse after losing its one-seat majority, holding just 60 seats at the moment.

According to a poll published on the Kan public broadcaster, Likud would receive 35 seats, followed by Yesh Atid with 19 seats; Blue and White, Religious Zionism and Shas with 8; United Torah Judaism with 7; Joint List and Yamina with 6; Meretz, Labor and New Hope with 5; and Ra’am and Yisrael Beytenu with 4 each.

A poll published on Channel 13 shows Likud jumping to 38 seats from its current 30, and Yesh Atid receiving 17, with Blue and White getting 9, Religious Zionism 8, Yamina, Shas and UTJ 7, Yisrael Beytenu, Labor and the Joint List 6, Meretz 5, Ra’am 4 and New Hope not passing the electoral threshold.

On Channel 12 meanwhile, the poll shows Likud receiving 35 seats, Yesh Atid 17, Shas 9, Blue and White 8, UTJ, Labor and Religious Zionism 7, the Joint List 6, Yamina, Meretz, Ra’am and Yisrael Beytenu 5, and New Hope 4.

In all three of the polls, the Netanyahu bloc would not be able to form a majority coalition without the support of a party currently in the government.

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