Will Shas be left out of the next Knesset?

Shas, which once held 17 seats, plummets in latest poll to just 4, almost falling below minimum threshold.

Tzvi Lev,

Shas campaign posters
Shas campaign posters
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The Sephardic haredi Shas party is in dire straits, a new poll shows, with the party projected to just barely pass the minimum threshold if new elections were held today.

The poll, commissioned by Walla, suggests that Shas' decline in surveys over the last few months has continued unabated. In June, Yisrael Hayom reported that Shas' leadership had held secret talks with deposed leader Eli Yishai regarding his potential return to the party, should current leader Aryeh Deri be indicted.

Police have been probing Deri and his wife for alleged money laundering, fraud, breach of trust, theft, fraudulent registration, numerous tax offenses, and corruption. On Monday Kan reported that Deri and his wife Yaffa are likely to be indicted.

The survey also found that Yesh Atid would double its strength from its current 11 Knesset seats to 22. The Zionist Union dropped from 24 seats to 20 seats while the Likud would lose 5 seats, from its current 30. In addition, the Jewish Home would get 13 seats, up from its current 8, and the Arab Joint List party would fall to 11 seats from 13.

Moshe Kahlon's Kulanu party would receive only 6 seats, compared with the 10 it has today, and the haredi United Torah Judaism would get seven. Avigdor Liberman's Yisrael Beytenu and the left-wing Meretz would garner six seats each.


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