In Brief: Israeli government slumps in polls amid judicial reform protests

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The coalition led by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu would lose nine seats and lose its majority in the Knesset if a new election was called, according to a poll released on Friday.

The poll was the latest in a series of surveys indicating that the government’s efforts to overhaul Israel’s judiciary were costing support among much of the public.

The Maariv news site’s survey found that the governing coalition would see its number of seats fall from 64 to 55, while the opposition would climb from 56 seats to 64.

The rise in support for opposition parties would not necessarily guarantee the ability to form a government, however, due to ongoing disunity between the various parties.

The poll found that former prime minister Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party would be the largest party following an election, slightly ahead of Netanyahu’s Likud, which has consistently been the largest party in successive elections.

The poll also suggested that support for the Israeli Labor party was on the rise, climbing from 4 to 5 seats, alongside left-wing Meretz, which would win 4 seats after failing to reach the Knesset threshold altogether in last year’s election.