Israel’s incoming prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with the leaders of his allied right-wing and religious bloc on Sunday in Jerusalem for talks on forming the country’s next government.
Israeli politicians were making their final campaign pitches Monday before the divided country holds its fifth election in less than four years, with hawkish ex-premier Benjamin Netanyahu eyeing a comeback.
Three separate final polls prior to Israel’s Nov. 1 elections showed opposition leader and Likud Party head Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing/religious bloc standing one seat shy of a parliamentary majority.
The first poll following the closing of the election lists on Thursday was issued with great fanfare by Kan 11 News Saturday night, and it reveals that, 1. Nothing has changed on the ground, other than the fact that Balad, the crazy, hateful, anti-Israeli Arab list that’s been dumped from the Joint Arab List will not make the cut, remaining well below the 3.25% vote threshold, leaves their former partners with only 4 mandates; and, 2. Everything has changed on the ground because now Lapid can rely on the Joint Arab List to recommend him to the President to take a stab at cobbling a new coalition government.
With 100 days left before the elections for the 25th Knesset, both the bloc supporting former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the bloc forming the current coalition are projected to fail in forming a majority government, according to a poll published by KAN News on Sunday.
The Likud intends to bring a bill to dissolve the Knesset and initiate an election next Wednesday.
A poll released by Israel’s Channel 12 News on Monday shows that if a general election were held now, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing bloc would win 60 seats in the Knesset, just one seat short of the majority needed to form a coalition, Israel National News (INN) reports. Led by Netanyahu, the Likud party would have the most seats at 36, Monday’s poll found.
Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu has been holding talks with a member of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s Yamina party to convince him to defect and bring about the collapse of the governing coalition, Ynet has learned on Wednesday.