New Poll: Israel’s Political Left to Capture Just 34 Seats in Upcoming Elections
by Zach Pontz
A poll released Friday doesn’t bode well for the political left in Israel. The Mishal Ham survey, published by the Hebrew-language newspaper Maariv, showed that the possibility of a political trouncing in the upcoming elections is real. The survey projected only 34 seats in the upcoming elections going to those parties that sit left of center.
The survey projects a landslide victory for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, with 38 seats secured in coalition with Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu. Labor is projected as the second-largest party with 19 seats with Tzipi Livni’s new party, Hatnuah, projected to win 10 seats, and Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party 5. Kadima and Meretz both remain on track to fail to pass the minimum voting threshold to enter the Knesset, leaving the left and center-left with just 34 seats out of 120.
The survey showed religious-Zionist and Haredi religious parties to be in good shape. Shas is shown as the third-largest party with 13 seats and Habayit Hayehudi – Tekuma (Jewish Home) is right after it with 12. The three majority-Arab parties are the Arab-Jewish socialist Hadash party, Balad, and the Islamic Ra’am Ta’al party were projected 3 seats each.