POLL: Likud & Gantz tied, Right bloc gets stronger

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(Gili Yaari, Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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A television poll puts the ruling Likud Party in a dead heat with the Blue and White faction at 30 Knesset seats apiece, less than two weeks ahead of national election on April 9.

Blue and White, an alliance of ex-military chief Benny Gantz’s Israel Resilience and Yair Lapid’s centrist Yesh Atid party, has seen its lead over Likud in polls gradually slip since its formation last month.

Following Blue and White and Likud in the Channel 13 survey was the opposition Labor Party with 10 seats; the Union of Right-Wing Parties, United Torah Judaism, Zehut and Hadash-Ta’al with seven seats each; the New Right and Meretz with five seats; and Kulanu, Shas and Ra’am-Balad bringing up the rear with four seats apiece.

As a whole, the parties affiliated with the Israeli Right or the Charedi bloc – the Likud, Union of Right-Wing Parties, New Right, Shas, United Torah Judaism, Kulanu, Yisrael Beytenu, and Zehut – would win a total of 64 seats if new elections were held today.

The left-wing and center-left parties would win 45 seats, while the two Arab lists would win 11 mandates, the poll shows.

Asked who was better suited to be prime minister, 51 percent of poll respondents say incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu, versus 36% who picked Gantz.

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