Religious Zionism Party To Soar If Ben-Gvir Leads, Yamina Below Threshold

Otzma Yehudit chairman Itamar Ben-Gvir.

If Otzma Yehudit chairman Itamar Ben-Gvir would head the Religious Zionism Party, it would soar to 13 seats in the upcoming election, a poll published by Channel 13 News on Sunday night shows.

Previous polls in past weeks show the party receiving 9-10 seats if headed by current Religious Zionism chairman Betzalel Smotrich.

According to the poll, the Likud would receive 32 seats, compared to 35-36 in recent polls, Shas would receive 8 seats, and UTJ – 7 seats. The entire right-wing bloc would reach 60 seats – one short of a majority.

On the other side of the political map, Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party would receive 22 seats, the Blue & White/New Hope union would receive 11 seats, Labor – 7,  and Yisrael Beiteinu – 6.

The Arab Joint List would receive 6 seats, Meretz and the Islamist Ra’am party would each receive 4 seats, and Yamina will not pass the electoral threshold.

Which candidate do voters believe is better suited for the position of prime minister – Binyamin Netanyahu or Yair Lapid? According to the poll, Netanyahu leads with 45%, 32% support Lapid, 15% say neither are suitable, and 7% don’t know.

When asked about Netanyahu versus Benny Gantz for the position of prime minister, the gap is more significant, with 46% supporting Netanyahu compared to only 29% for Gantz. In this scenario, 16% say neither are suitable, and 8% don’t know.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. He is just an empty headed thug who doesnt follow daas torah and claims to be representing the frum/dati community, it would be such a disaster if they removed Smotrich from the head of this party. They may get an extra few votes now, but the party will fall apart in no time.

  2. You have to understand the author of this poll. It is Kamil Fox. His polling has never been accurate. Amongst other errors, he has always given the SHAS party a lower poll number than they actually achieve in the elections and doesn’t bother to correct his “models”. He is using his “polls” as a political tool to encourage Ben Gvir to insist on heading the Religious Zionism Party, while Mr. Fox knows that if this happens, then in fact the Religious Zionism Party will lose votes.

    This is a sly cunning ploy by Mr. Fox.