Likud Still Ahead, Ha'am Itanu Passes Threshold

Could a strong coalition be in Israel's future? Nationalist camp making gains again, with strong Likud and slight increase for Jewish Home.

Tova Dvorin,

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
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Support for Likud remains strong despite attacks from leftists over "Bottlegate," according to a Knesset Channel poll released Tuesday. 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's party is in the lead with 25 seats, with Labor close behind at 24. 

Jewish Home has inched past the Arab parties after previous polls briefly tied the two; Jewish Home is projected to gain 13 seats while the Arab list will gain 12. 

Yesh Atid's support has remained steady over Kulanu's, as well, at 11 and 8 seats, respectively. 

United Torah Judaism (UTJ) is in seventh place with 7 seats, followed by Shas at 6 seats, Meretz and Yisrael Beytenu at 5 seats each, and the Yachad-Ha'am Itanu and Otzma Yehudit technical bloc at 4 seats, passing the Knesset threshold. 

Likud has made a consistent comeback over Labor, with even a Haaretz poll published Monday night predicting a victory for the nationalist camp with Likud at 25 seats and Labor at just 23. 

According to this poll's results, Likud has a fair chance of gaining a coalition with relative ease; Likud, Jewish Home, and Ha'am Itanu's seats combined amount to 42 mandates, just 19 short of a coalition. Yisrael Beytenu, a likely candidate to join as well, would bring the coalition count up to 47 seats - leaving just 14 seats to fill.