Bennett and Netanyahu
Bennett and Netanyahu Miriam Alster/Flash90

A Likud-Jewish Home pact could still be on the table, Likud sources told Channel 10 Thursday night - despite Jewish Home's opposition to the idea. 

The report contradicts a similar report from Channel 2 Thursday, whereby both Likud and Jewish Home sources said that “a union, if it is even being considered, will only happen after the election” - and that the idea of a pact now is "unfounded." 

The idea was particularly dismissed by Likud MK and primaries candidate Danny Danon, who noted that such a pact could weaken - not strengthen - a right-wing bloc.

"We saw in the last election that a union with Yisrael Beytenu does not strengthen but weaken us," Danon stated. Likud and Yisrael Beytenu made a pact in 2012, but returned to separate parties in July. 

Indeed, a poll Thursday showed that a Likud-Jewish Home pact would, combined, give the two 33 mandates in the Knesset - far less than the 48 the two parties would receive if running separately.

Analysts say that a future pact could still be on the table, however, as Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have been working closely this election - a stark contrast from Likud's 2013 campaign, which painted Bennett and Jewish Home as "extremist." 

This time, however, Jewish Home and Likud have been working closely - even signing a "surplus vote" agreement for the mutual benefit of both parties. The agreement stipulates that additional votes from the two parties - votes which do not amount to a Knesset seat for either party if counted separately - could be combined to form one additional seat for either of the parties, and would award an additional seat to the party which needs it the most.

A similar agreement was signed between Yesh Atid and Labor in 2012; Meretz Chairman Zehava Gal-On stated during the last elections that Likud had picked up two seats in 2003 due to such an agreement, harming the extreme left-wing party in the process.  

Bennett himself told the Saban Forum Sunday that he and Netanyahu “have an arrangement where we don’t attack each other during these elections," and Netanyahu noted on Thursday that, in his view, a large leftist bloc has fostered a greater sense of unity during the current elections campaign. 

"Who will lead the country? The leftist leaders, who are multiplying, or a leadership under me? We know the answer,” Netanyahu said. “The left has united us. Likud members have understood what the citizens have been seeing in the last few days – a huge and almost unprecedented public campaign is being waged against me, which supports and advances any politician in any party who opposes a Likud government under me.”