The Jewish Home party’s primary elections have been postponed. The elections are now scheduled to take place on November 20, the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Kislev.
Party officials said the delay will give them time to check the more than 50,000 registered Jewish Home members’ names against those on other party lists to make sure that none are trying to vote in more than one party’s primaries.
In addition, some party members filled out their personal information incorrectly, officials said. That will need to be rectified before the election in order to allow them to vote.
A recent poll shows newcomer Naftali Bennett with a strong lead over current party head Minister Daniel Hershkovitz and previous party leader MK Zevulun Orlev. The survey showed Bennet leading with 55% compared to 33% for Orlev and 11% for Hershkovitz.
The poll, by the Smith Institute, found that Bennett’s lead was strongest in Judea and Samaria, where 63% said they plan to vote for him. In northern Israel he led with 40%, with Orlev in second with 29% support and Hershkovitz third with 17%.
A second poll, by TeleAll, surveyed 501 voters and found that Bennett had a smaller lead, with 26% support compared to 23% for Hershkovitz and 19% for Orlev. The rest remain undecided.
A source in the Jewish Home said that the Smith Institute poll was ordered by Bennett, and the TeleAll poll was ordered by Hershkowitz.