Labor holds edge over Likud, poll shows


(JTA) — Israel’s Labor Party would take two more seats than Likud, according to a new poll on the upcoming elections.

The poll, which was published Monday by the Knesset Channel, shows Labor winning 23 seats, Likud 21 and Jewish Home 16 in the March 17 vote.

The centrist Yesh Atid, which had 19 seats in the last Knesset elections, would drop to 11 seats. Kulanu, a new party created by former Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon, would get nine seats.

Also, the leftist Meretz party would win seven seats, one more than it currently holds, as would United Torah Judaism and Yisrael Beitenu (Israel Our Home), which ran with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud in the last elections.

The survey shows a decline in support for Shas, with a breakaway party taking half of the Sephardic party’s supporters and the two collectively winning fewer votes than Shas received in the last elections, the Times of Israel reported.

Conducted by Panels Politics, the poll has a 4.8 percent margin of error.

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