“I have been with Netanyahu for many years,” Gafni said. “I go with him because the traditional public is in the Likud. If the traditional public were somewhere else, I too would go somewhere else. I am committed to this public, as this public is committed to me.”
Lapid to Netanyahu: “Come to tonight’s confrontation”
As early as Tuesday this week, Netanyahu called on Lapid to report to the confrontation in front of the cameras. At the Channel 20 election conference, Netanyahu called on Lapid: “Let us now agree on the interviewer and go to the confrontation.”
Netanyahu to Lapid: “Let’s agree on an interviewer and go to a confrontation” // Photo: Courtesy of Channel 20
Now, Lapid writes in a post he posted on Facebook: “Netanyahu put me on billboards, spread lies about me, rained down his insult on me, but whenever he was offered to stand up to me – he evaded. While escaping a confrontation with me, he used to turn to interviewers and say, ‘Where is Yair? “Did you see Yair?” So here I am. In front of you. Come to the confrontation. Tonight is the last chance. I am ready. The TV channels are ready. Two podiums are ready. Say a place, say an hour, “Lapid demanded.
The poll shows that if the election had taken place today, the Likud led by Benjamin Netanyahu would have received 29 seats, followed by Yad Lapid led by 18 seats. Netanyahu’s bloc is more homogeneous and stable, but the gap between Lapid and the rest clearly positions him as a contender for the crown, making the possibility of Naftali Bennett and Gideon Saar forming a coalition irrelevant.
There is not much new in the ultra-Orthodox lists: Torah Judaism receives seven seats, while Shas receives nine seats. The joint list increases to ten, and Lieberman also increases – and receives eight seats.
And what happens in the underground battles? Here, too, are changes that may overwhelm the results of the truth. Labor is stable above the blocking percentage with five and now Meretz, probably thanks to the Gewald campaign, is rising to five seats. At the same time, religious Zionism, led by Bezalel Smutrich, is not close to the danger line and receives five seats.
The one that is currently in dangerous proximity to the red line is Blue and White led by Bnei Gantz. Common to all the small parties is the relatively high rate of confidence of their supporters: 83% of Meretz supporters are confident that they will come to vote; 74% of blue and white supporters are confident in their vote; 71% of supporters of religious Zionism and a similar number of Labor supporters are confident they will come to vote for their party. Like last week, the Prime Minister, Mansour Abbas, is not passing the blocking percentage, as is Yaron Zelicha’s new economic party.