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Israel’s Lapid soars in polls but has no camp behind him

Recent polls show growing electoral support for Prime Minister Yair Lapid, even though parties within the center-left camp might chose to back his rival Defense Minister Benny Gantz.
Interim Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid arrives to meet with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the Chancellery, Berlin, Germany, Sept. 12, 2022.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid broke his personal records in the polls over the last few weeks. He was able to reduce the gap between him and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, who suffered a slight decline in support. A few of the polls give Lapid as many as 25 seats.

Nevertheless, despite this impressive achievement, Lapid is facing a challenge to his leadership from within his own center-left camp, while Netanyahu is the only candidate of the right-wing ultra-Orthodox bloc. In contrast, Lapid has a competitor. 

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