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New Israeli Poll Brings Back Hope to Netanyahu

New Israeli Poll Brings Back Hope to Netanyahu

Saturday, 28 May, 2022 - 08:15
Benjamin Netanyahu has a new opportunity to return to power (AFP)

A new poll, published on Friday, has shown that Israel’s opposition led by Benjamin Netanyahu is close to getting the majority of seats while the government would probably lose eight seats (13 percent) of its power.

Lawmaker David Bitan spoke with Radio 103FM Friday, following the release of the poll which projects the Netanyahu bloc – the Likud, United Torah Judaism, Shas, and Religious Zionist Party – receiving just 59 seats.

Bitan predicted: “Only Netanyahu can get 61 seats. You can put me on record saying it: We will get more than 61 seats in the next election.”

The poll was published in The Jerusalem Post and Maariv to increase conviction that PM Naftali Bennet’s government would collapse soon.

The poll found that 65 percent of Israelis are not satisfied with the performance of the Prime Minister, and only 30 percent said he is performing well.

Experts agree that this government can’t last until the end of its term.

Although the opposition is also facing a crisis and is incapable of garnering the majority, the recent polls' results restore hope in achieving a progress that would bring the opposition back to power.

According to the poll, 69 percent of respondents don’t want an Arab party in the next government, only 22 percent want one, and nine percent don’t know.

The survey shows that the Arab MPs' influence at the Knesset is increasing and the government is forced to abstain from ignoring them.

The United Arab List alone can be decisive and guarantee the battle in favor of Netanyahu.

In return, there is the Joint List that consists of three Arab parties led by Ayman Odeh. The list becomes a decisive power according to the poll, and it is endorsing an objective policy towards the Arabs’ rights but refuses to be part of the coalition.

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