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Israeli Polls Show New Right Party Chipping Away at Right-Wing Power

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Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett (R) and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, from the Jewish Home party, enter the room before delivering their statements in Tel Aviv, Israel December 29, 2018. REUTERS/Corinna Kern. – The split in the national-religious camp is likely to chips away at the right-wing’s strength come the April 9 election, a new poll commissioned ‎by Israel Hayom and conducted by the Maagar Mochot polling ‎institute found on Wednesday.‎

The results predicted that, were the election be held now, ‎Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet ‎Shaked’s New Right Party would win eight Knesset seats, while ‎Jewish Home, from which they split, would win only four seats, ‎barely scraping by the 3.25 percent electoral threshold.

The poll gave Likud 28 seats—far ahead of any of the other parties, ‎but still three sits down from the 31 seats projected last week. ‎

The poll further predicted that former Israel Defense Forces’ Chief of Staff Benny ‎Gantz’s Israel Resilience Party would win 13 seats, as would ‎Yesh Atid. The Joint Arab List is projected to win nine seats, ‎followed by Labor, with seven; Kulanu, Meretz and United Torah Judaism, ‎each with six; Gesher, five; and Yisrael Beytenu and ‎Hatnuah, each with four seats. ‎

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Shas, the Sephardi ultra-Orthodox Party, fell to only three ‎seats. This is below the electoral threshold, which means ‎that the party would find itself out of parliament for the first time ‎since its inception in 1984.‎

If Shas fails to be elected to the Knesset, it would deal a massive ‎blow to the right-wing as a whole, as its parties would win only 56 ‎seats, rendering Netanyahu unable to form a coalition. ‎

This would also increase the left-wing’s chances of creating a successful ‎opposition bloc that would wrest power away from the right-wing.

Also on Wednesday, Jewish Home Knesset member Moti Yogev leveled ‎harsh criticism at Bennett and Shaked saying the two “defrauded” ‎the party’s supporters. ‎

Yogev ‎said he would vie for Jewish Home’s leadership.

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