Yair Lapid and Benjamin Netanyahu
Yair Lapid and Benjamin NetanyahuOlivier Fitoussi/Flash90

The Yesh Atid party would become the largest faction in the Knesset if new elections were held today, according to a new poll released Friday.

The poll, conducted by Panels Politics, was published by Ma’ariv Friday morning and shows the ruling Likud party falling six seats, from 32 mandates in last November’s election to just 26 seats.

Opposition Leader Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party, by contrast, rose to 27 seats in the poll, up from the 24 it currently has.

The parties which make up Netanyahu’s coalition government lost a combined nine seats, falling from 64 seats won in last year’s election to 55 seats, well below the 61 needed for a majority.

The National Unity party, led by former Defense Minister Benny Gantz, gained seven seats in the poll, rising to 19 mandates from the 12 it currently has.

Labor gained one seat, rising from four mandates to five, while Meretz received four seats, after failing to cross the 3.25% electoral threshold in the most recent election.

Only one of the three Arab lists crossed the threshold, however, with the Hadash-Ta’al alliance retaining its five seats, while both the United Arab List (Ra’am) and Balad failing to enter the Knesset.

Avidgor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu received just five seats in the poll, down from its current six.

Among the haredi factions, United Torah Judaism held steady at seven seats, while Shas slipped from 11 to 10.

Otzma Yehudit was the sole right-wing faction to increase its Knesset representation in the poll, rising from six seats to seven, while the Religious Zionist Party fell from seven to five. Noam, which received one seat in a joint ticket with the Religious Zionist Party and Otzma Yehudit, did not pass the threshold in the poll.

Respondents were roughly equally divided on how the government should proceed with its contentious judicial reform plan.

Forty-three percent said it should not move forward with the bills in question in order to encourage dialogue with the Opposition, while 42% said the government should continue to move forward with the reforms while remaining open to dialogue with the Opposition.