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Likud gains in polls, despite flurry of corruption charges against Netanyahu

A Midgam Research Institute poll found that if elections were held today, Netanyahu's Likud Party would win 28 Knesset mandates. Currently, Likud holds 30 mandates.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters at Likud headquarters in Tel Aviv on March 18, 2015, after general elections with Netanyahu claiming victory. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters at Likud headquarters in Tel Aviv on March 18, 2015, after general elections with Netanyahu claiming victory. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Amid a host of ongoing corruption investigations potentially implicating Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his close associates, Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party continues to gain popularity, Israel’s Channel 13 reported on Saturday.

Netanyahu is currently linked to multiple corruption cases: Case 1000 centers on gifts Netanyahu allegedly received from billionaires; Case 2000 focuses on an illicit deal Netanyahu allegedly tried to strike with Yediot Ahronot publisher Arnon Mozes to ensure positive coverage; and Case 4000 points to an alleged deal to promote government regulation in exchange for positive coverage of Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, on the Walla news website.

Another case, dubbed Case 3000, revolves around an alleged conflict of interest with regard to the 2016 procurement of three German submarines. Case 3000 does not implicate Netanyahu directly, but rather his attorney and cousin, David Shimron.

Over the weekend, the Channel 13 program “Meet the Press” aired the results of a poll, conducted by Midgam Research Institute pollsters Dr. Mina Tzemach and Mano Geva. The poll found that if elections were held at this time, the Likud Party would win 28 Knesset seats, up three mandates from a poll conducted by Hadashot evening news two weeks ago.

According to the latest poll, Yesh Atid emerges as the second-largest party in parliament with 24 seats, followed by Zionist Union (15), the Joint Arab List (12), Habayit Hayehudi (nine), Kulanu, Yisrael Beytenu and United Torah Judaism with seven seats each, Meretz (six) and Shas, which is likely to win five seats.

A separate poll held last week predicted that Likud could win 34 seats, more than the 30 Knesset seats it currently holds since the 2015 elections.

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