Political Left Down to 34 Seats
A poll released Friday shows the political left falling to a mere 34 seats. The Mishal Ham survey, published by Maariv, showed Labor as the second-largest party with 19 seats.
The center-left Movement party founded by Tzipi Livni was projected to win 10 seats, while Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party dropped to 5. Kadima and Meretz both remain on track to fail to pass the minimum voting threshold to enter Knesset, leaving the left and center-left with just 34 seats out of 120.
The joint Likud-Yisrael Beytenu list led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu remained clearly in the lead with 38 seats.
Religious-Zionist and hareidi-religious parties appear to be doing well. The survey showed Shas as the third-largest party with 13 seats and Habayit Hayehudi – Tekuma (Jewish Home) right after it with 12.
The hareidi-religious Yahadut Hatorah (UTJ) party is predicted to get its usual 6 seats. MK Chaim Amsallem’s breakaway party Am Shalem was shown for the first time crossing the vote threshold and entering Knesset with 3 seats.
The majority-Arab parties were predicted to get 3 seats each. The three majority-Arab parties are the Arab-Jewish socialist Hadash party, Balad, and the Islamic Ra’am Ta’al party. All three support a full Israeli withdrawal from territory east of the 1949 armistice line and the creation of a new Arab state in those areas; the latter two also support the acceptance as Israeli citizens of millions of Arabs who claim descent from Arabs who fled pre-state Israel during the War of Independence.