Poll Confirms Likud Beating Labor - But Barely

Third poll in one day finds near tie for first, tie for third, and Yisrael Beytenu continuing to suffer.

Orli Harari, Ari Yashar,

Binyamin Netanyahu votes in primaries (file)
Binyamin Netanyahu votes in primaries (file)
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The flurry of Friday polls continues, as a third survey conducted this time for Reshet Bet gives Likud a hands-breadth advantage over the "Zionist camp" of Labor and Hatnua, beating them out 25 to 24 seats.

The poll, conducted by the Smith Institute, strengthens recent results showing a tie at third place, with Jewish Home and the joint Arab party list each getting 13 mandates.

Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid is given nine seats by the poll, Shas gets eight, with United Torah Judaism and Kulanu each getting seven.

The far left Meretz gets five seats, as does Yisrael Beytenu which is continuing to struggle from a corruption scandal.

The poll also confirms the results of all polls since the joint list between Yachad - Ha'am Itanu and Otzma Yehudit showing the party consistently passing the threshold percentage raised by the outgoing coalition. In the poll Ha'am Itanu gets four seats.

Regarding Otzma Yehudit candidate Baruch Marzel, who is number four on the joint list and was disqualified by the Central Elections Committee by a vote of 17 to 16 on Thursday, the High Court will make a final ruling next week and is predicted to follow Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein's recommendation to let him run.

The poll was conducted among 500 people representing the range of the Israeli population, with a 4.5% error margin.