New Hope leader does not see profit in partnering with Yamina

Gideon Sa'ar believes a union with Bennett will not guarantee additional seats for the combined list.

Shlomo Witty ,

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New Hope chairman Gideon Sa'ar expressed doubts about the possibility of uniting his party with the Yamina faction to Moran Azoulai of the Knesset Channel. "I am not entirely convinced that we will benefit from working together," he said.

Sa'ar referred to Bennett's refusal to swear off Netanyahu, saying, "You can't be bald and still have a hairdo."

A poll by the Midgam polling agency and Mano Geva conducted for Channel 12 examined the possibility of a joint run of the two parties and found that they achieve three seats less than running separately. According to the poll data, if the election had been held today, the Likud would have won 29 seats (compared with 27 in a previous poll).

Gideon Sa'ar's New Hope party would have received 16 seats (compared to 18 in a previous poll).

Yamina, led by Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid, led by Yair Lapid, would each receive 13 seats according to the poll.

The survey also indicates that the Joint Arab List would end up with 10 seats, while Shas and UTJ would each get eight.

The "Yisrael Beytenu" party headed by MK Avigdor Lieberman would win seven, HaYisraelim (The Israelis), led by Ron Huldai, wins 6 seats, with Meretz and Blue and White rounding off the list with 5.

Yaron Zelicha's Economic Party, the Religious Zionist party led by Bezalel Smotrich, Labor, and Telem do not pass the electoral threshold.