According to a Haaretz election poll, a new party would unseat Likud as the nation’s largest party if elections for Knesset were held today. In addition, the right-wing (Likud, Bayit Yehudi, Yisrael Beitenu) would lose seven seats in Knesset. The poll questioned 504 respondents representing a cross section of the population. Margin of era +/- 4.4%.
The poll was commissioned by Haaretz, carried out by Dialogue Institute under the direction of Professor Camil Fuchs of Tel Aviv University.
A new party was introduced to the survey, a party headed by former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, who clearly remains popular despite the negative media during the so-called Harpaz affair. On the roster with Ashkenazi would be former senior Likud official and minister Gideon Saar, and current Kulanu party leader Moshe Kahlon.
According to the poll, this lineup would become the largest party in Knesset with 23 seats, placing Likud in the second slot with 22 seats.
Gabi Ashkenazi: 23
Machane Tzioni: 15
Yesh Atid: 13
Arab Bloc: 12
Bayit Yehudi: 10
Yahadut Hatorah: 7
Yisrael Beitenu: 5
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)