Poll: Netanyahu Narrows Gap with Rival Benny Gantz

Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a meeting with the heads of local regional councils, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009. General elections in Israel are scheduled for Feb. 10 and pre-election polls show Netanyahu with a lead over Foreign Minister and Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni.(AP …
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Ynetnews reports:  A new survey shows a three-seat drop in support for the Blue and White party ahead in April 9 elections, even as the right-wing bloc has strengthened significantly, which would give Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu the real possibility of again forming the coalition government.

The poll released Sunday by Ynet’s sister newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth shows that although Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid’s Blue and White party still continues to lead with 33 seats, the prime minister’s Likud party has significantly narrowed the gap, now trailing only by 4 Knesset seats. The numbers represent somewhat of a blow for Gantz, the former military chief, whose party was leading by six Knesset seats only two weeks ago.

In a head to head battle between Netanyahu and Gantz, the prime minister leads with 38% of voters as opposed to Gantz’s 31%, with another 31% remaining undecided. The previous poll saw Netanyahu lead with 40% over Gantz’s 34%.

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