By: Yisrael Price
Hamodia, Feb. 18, 2020
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz has predicted that his party will trounce Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud with 40 Knesset seats in the March 2 voting, though the latest polls did not bear him out.
“We’re gonna take 40 seats in the next election,” Gantz said at a campaign event in Tel Aviv on Monday night, according to The Times of Israel.
Two polls released while Gantz was talking showed him ahead, but not nearly that far ahead.
A Channel 13 poll had Blue and White winning 36 seats versus 33 for Likud; Walla gave Gantz a mere one-seat edge over Netanyahu, 34-33. Both polls were consistent with opinion samplings over the winter which indicated that neither would have a majority to form a government after the March elections.
Gantz encouraged similar expectations ahead of the indecisive April election, saying, “If we have 40 seats, we are replacing the government.”
Addressing the almost year-long political stalemate, he said: “Some changes need to be made. I think we should move up the threshold to a higher level, so that we won’t have so many small parties. I think Israel would do better with four, five, six parties as most,” he said.
The current electoral threshold is 3.25% of the total vote, and there are nine parties currently serving in the Knesset.