Likud Still on Top, But Jewish Home Gaining Ground

Knesset Channel poll reveals Naftali Bennett's party snapping at Bibi's heels with 20 seats, compared to 25 for Likud.

Shlomo Pitrikovsky,

Naftali Bennett and Binyamin Netanyahu
Naftali Bennett and Binyamin Netanyahu
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The Likud party would still have the most seats in the Knesset if elections were held today, according to a Knesset Channel poll - but Jewish Home would gain even greater prominence. 

Likud, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's party, would win 25 seats in the next election, according to the poll released Thursday, constituting a drop from 28 projected seats in the previous poll. Jewish Home would gain one seat, with twenty seats in the next elections versus 19 earlier this month. 

Labor also gained one seat in a two-week period, and would win 16 seats instead of 15. Yesh Atid received a two-seat gain from ten seats to 12 seats, and Meretz remained stable at nine. 

Yisrael Beytenu, by contrast, lost two seats, going from ten to eight seats in a matter of weeks. 

Both hareidi parties - Shas and United Torah Judaism (UTJ) - remained stable at eight seats each. 

Communist party Hadash and Arab parties Balad and Ra'am-Ta'al (United Arab List) garnered just ten seats altogether. 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is still seen as the best candidate for prime minister, with a 24% vote despite a severe drop in approval ratings following a ceasefire agreement at the end of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. 

Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett's vote for the premier is up 3% Thursday, gaining 16% of the vote versus just 13% two weeks ago.

Ten percent (10%) would rather see Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) as prime minister - a 2% gain - with Labor Party head Yitzhak Herzog and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (HaTnua) at 10% and 8% respectively.

Just 4% of respondents would like to see Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) as prime minister, and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon bottomed out the poll at 2%. 

News of Jewish Home's gain in seat follows both a controversial constitutional vote by the National-Religious party and upheaval in the Likud. 

Likud - which has experienced much infighting over the past several months, culminating in the climactic dismissal of Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon - suffered yet another blow Wednesday, after Interior Minister Gidon Sa'ar announced he would be quitting politics. 




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