Saturday 24 August 2019

Netanyahu trails in polls, but still likely to stay in power

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP

Ramu Ayyub

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has fallen behind his main challenger in opinion polls ahead of next week's election but still has an easier path to form a government that would keep him in power for a record fifth term.

Mr Netanyahu is fighting for his political survival against former general Benny Gantz.

The outcome is unlikely to be decided on election day. No party has ever won an outright majority in the 120-seat parliament, meaning weeks of coalition talks.

Yesterday, Mr Gantz's centrist Blue and White party was projected to take 30 seats, more than the 26 forecast for Mr Netanyahu's Likud, according to a poll in 'Yedioth Ahronoth', which also projected a combined total of 63 seats for the parties in Mr Netanyahu's right-wing bloc, a slim but workable majority.

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