Will Yair Lapid be Israel's next prime minister?

Survey shows MK Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party as receiving one Knesset seat more than PM Netanyahu's Likud party.

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A new survey conducted by Maagar Mochot for the Israeli Makor Rishon newspaper showed that if elections were to be held today, MK Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party would win more Knesset seats than the currently leading Likud party.

The poll showed Yesh Atid rising from its current 11 seats to 25, while Likud drops from 30 to 24. Education Minister Naftali Bennett's Jewish Home party would rise from 8 to 14 seats.

Meanwhile, the left-wing Zionist Union party would receive 12 seats, down from its current 24, and both Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon's Kulanu party (currently with 10 seats) and the Joint Arab List (13) would receive eleven.

Meretz and the Ashkenazic-haredi UTJ party (6) would rise to seven seats. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman's Yisrael Beytenu party (6) would drop to five seats, while the Sephardic-haredi Shas party would drop from seven seats to four seats.

Twenty-four percent of respondents believe Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is best suited for the role, while 18% of respondents believe Lapid would do a better job as PM, and 17% believe former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon would. Bennett and Labor leader Avi Gabbay each received 6% support, and Liberman received 3% support.

Last December, polls showed Lapid as receiving more Knesset seats than Netanyahu. However, more recent polls have showed Likud as retaining its position as largest party.