Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party now lags behind its main competitors, who have united in the hope of putting an end to the ten-year rule of the right-wing party, for the first time since the election campaign started, according to polls done by the Channel 13 and the Channel 12 Israeli news broadcasters.
The Blue and White bloc, which was formed on Thursday by the centrist Yesh Atid and Israel Resilience parties, is expected to get 36 seats in the 120-strong Knesset, according to both polls.
The ruling Likud party, which had led in previous polls, is forecast to get between 26 and 30 total seats, according to estimates from both polls.
Despite the slump in his party’s ratings, Netanyahu retains good chances of securing the support of the majority of parliamentarians, which is necessary to get the right to form a government. Both surveys indicated that the coalition backing Netanyahu, which consists of right-wing and religious parties, would get around 60 seats in total.
Channel 13’s poll was conducted among 752 respondents, while the one by Channel 12 surveyed 603 people. The margin of error is 3.7 percent and 4.4 percent, respectively.