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New poll shows slight gains for Likud, with rival Yamina not far behind

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A television poll released Friday indicated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud would remain the largest party in the Knesset if early elections are held, with surging support for the premier’s right-wing rival Naftali Bennett apparently leveling off.

According to the Channel 12 survey, Likud would pick up 30 seats if elections were held today, down from the 36 it now has but up from recent surveys. The poll gave 20 seats to Bennett’s Yamina, way up from its current tally of five though slightly less than other surveys.

The survey was conducted by pollster Manu Geva. The network didn’t say how many respondents there were or what the margin of error was.

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According to the poll, trailing Yamina was opposition leader Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid-Telem alliance with 18 seats, followed by the predominantly Arab Joint List with 13.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party, which has hemorrhaged support in the polls since he agreed to join a government led by Netanyahu after pledging not to do during three consecutive election campaigns, was predicted to get nine seats, down from 14. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Defense Minister Benny Gantz issue a statement at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, July 27,........

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