Netanyahu faces electoral risk of being too successful


PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu.
(photograph credit score: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Latest polls ought to have made Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu very, very pleased.

The Likud reached a file excessive after US President Donald Trump canceled the Iran Deal: 35 seats in a Channel 2 ballot, which is extra seats than they’ve had since Ariel Sharon led the social gathering.

Yesh Atid, which was in second place, lagged far behind with 18 seats, making the Likud the clear front-runner.

Nevertheless it got here as no shock when rumors cropped up that Netanyahu is trying into decreasing the electoral threshold, as a result of these rising ballot numbers could be as a lot of a curse for him as they’re a blessing.

In different phrases, the Likud could also be too profitable for its personal good proper now.

In accordance with a report on Channel 2 on Friday night time, Netanyahu needs to lower the edge, which was raised from 2% to three.25% forward of the final election in 2015. Nobody within the Prime Minister’s Workplace would affirm the report, however Netanyahu weighed the identical factor in October, and it is smart for the thought to nonetheless be on the desk.

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The reason being, in the identical ballot from final week wherein the Likud soared to 35 seats, Shas dropped to 4, simply barely making it over the electoral threshold, and Kulanu and Yisrael Beytenu didn’t fare significantly better, with six every.

And whereas the Likud social gathering is hovering within the polls, the right-wing bloc as an entire hasn’t grown, scoring solely 66 potential seats.

So if Shas drops under the edge, that leaves the Proper with fewer seats than it has now – until a celebration led by MK Orly Levy-Abecassis, previously of Yisrael Beytenu, which received 5 seats within the ballot, companions with the Proper.

Within the final election, 120,000 votes went to waste because of the extremist Yachad social gathering – which was led by former Shas chief Eli Yishai and was a results of a rift in Shas – not accumulating the required proportion of votes.

Within the subsequent election, which is slated for November 2019 however could possibly be earlier, the potential for misplaced votes is even better, with Yishai flirting with the thought of one other run, former Likud MK Moshe Feiglin’s libertarian Zehut social gathering positively working and a celebration led by former protection minister Moshe Ya’alon that could possibly be thrown into the combo.

That makes up numerous potential right-wing votes – starting from the acute to the extra reasonable – that is probably not expressed within the Knesset’s make-up, the best way the edge stands now.

All this should depart Netanyahu considering: What good will having over 30 seats do for him if he doesn’t have companions with whom to construct a coalition? To maintain his companions alive, he might should revert to a 2% electoral threshold.


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