By Benjamin Kerstein, The Algemeiner
A new poll shows that if Israeli elections were held today, the right-wing bloc would still come out ahead of the center-left opposition, allowing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a narrow rightist government.
According to the poll conducted by Hebrew news site Walla, the right-wing bloc would control 61 seats in the next Knesset, with the left-wing bloc receiving 59 — insufficient for a governing coalition.
The poll showed the centrist party Blue and White, led by former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid, coming in first with 36 seats, versus 31 for Netanyahu’s Likud party.
Blue and White’s natural coalition partners, however, fared less well, with the Labor party receiving eight seats, Meretz six, and the Arab bloc — which refuses to sit in coalitions but would likely recommend Blue and White to the president as the party most suited to form a government — with nine.
Netanyahu’s rightist allies in the Union of Right-Wing Parties would receive seven seats, while the New Right and the more moderate Kulanu would each win six.
In addition, the ultra-Orthodox parties, who are likely to endorse Netanyahu, would win eleven seats in total. Continue Reading….