Against the backdrop of remarks by party chairman Naftali Bennett that he would refuse military orders to uproot Jews, Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party) and the Tekumah faction of the Ichud Leumi (National Union) picked up two seats and would win 13 if the Knesset elections were held today, according to a poll published Tuesday in the Ha'aretz daily. In the first poll since the debate sparked by comments, the Likud-Beyteinu list still leads, but has fallen to 35 mandates.
The Labor party scored 17 seats, followed by Shas with 13, Hatenu'ah 10, Yesh Atid 9 and Meretz 4. Also getting four mandates were the Hadash party and the Ra'am Ta'al United Arab List. The Balad party rounded out the list of those parties that qualify for representation. Kadima only qualified for two seats, while Am Shalem and Otzma Leyisrael did not qualify for any.