Israel to hold national elections next week

Polls indicate Netanyahu’s Likud party to come in second, Opposition party led by Isaac Herzog alongside Tzipi Livni predicted to win 20th Knesset

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Israel will hold elections on Tuesday of next week with poll results showing the Zionist Union of the center-left (opposition party) led by Isaac Herzog with Tzipi Livni at 24 seats and the Likud Party led by Prime Minister Netanyahu with 21 seats.

The Avodah (Labor) party and HaTnuah parties, which make up the Zionist Union, are currently the leading party according to polls to oust Prime Minister Netanyahu as Prime Minister.

According to the most recent polls, Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid is set to gain 13 seats with the right-wing Bayit HaYehudi (Jewish Home) party led by Economy Minister Naftalie Bennet’s party gaining 12 seats.

Currently polls show that Arab parties will jointly gain close to 13 seats and the Orthodox Sephardic party, Shas, gaining 6.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Netanyahu stated on Tuesday that there is a “worldwide effort” to ensure his party is not voted into Israel’s 20th Knesset stating that elections will be a “very tight race. Nothing is guaranteed because there is a huge, worldwide effort to topple the Likud government.”