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Polls Predict Former PM Barak’s Loss in Elections

Polls Predict Former PM Barak’s Loss in Elections

Tuesday, 23 July, 2019 - 11:15
Former prime minister and defense minister, Ehud Barak (File photo: Reuters)
Tel Aviv - Nazir Majali

Former Israeli prime minister and defense minister, Ehud Barak, will not exceed the requirement and his party will not win if parliamentary elections were to be held on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, both Likud, chaired by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Kahol Lavan are projected to lose seats to smaller parties in September.

Likud, which currently holds 39 seats is projected to win 30 seats in the September election, while the main opposition party Kahol Lavan would garner 29 seats, the poll predicts.

The right-wing camp will receive 65 seats, while the center, left and Arab camps have 55 seats. However, the recent development is Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu would garner from five to nine or 10 seats.

Yisrael Beiteinu has been growing since the campaign against the dominance of religious parties over Netanyahu.

Earlier, Lieberman said that he will not nominate Netanyahu for the government, and will require those who name him as prime minister to the first pledge to form a government of national unity without religious parties and without political blackmail from the right or left.

Lieberman demands that the government include three parties, mainly: Likud, the generals and Yisrael Beiteinu. But the generals’ party refuses to enter into a single government with Netanyahu and conditions its participation with overthrowing of the Likud.

This means Israeli parties will face a crisis after the upcoming elections, scheduled for 17 September 2019.

Small parties on both sides of the political map are trying to unite but their efforts are failing.

Ehud Barak couldn't achieve his goal of leading a large bloc to topple Netanyahu. He cannot form an alliance with the three proposed parties.

Although recent polls predicted he’d win 15 seats only, today’s poll said Barak could receive 4 seats only, the minimum for the Knesset. The majority of recent polls indicate he will fail to overcome the required percentage.

Several former Israeli officers have answered the call of left-wing party leaders to accept Barak's party. Meanwhile, a group of other activists has been calling on the parties not to unite with Barak because he is a “suspect of corruption like Netanyahu.”

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