Zionist Camp chairman Isaac Herzog received yet another blow to his hold on the leadership after a new poll showed that if elections were held now, the party would fall from 24 seats to 8 seats in the Knesset.
The poll, conducted by Geocartography for Radio Kol Hai, shows the Labor Party, the senior partner in Zionist Camp, at the weakest point in its history. The precipitous drop in the polls will undoubtedly be blamed on Herzog’s failed attempt at negotiating an entrance into the government coalition, and will strengthen the hand of those in the party seeking to replace him.
According to the poll, the Zionist Camp, which is currently the second largest faction in the Knesset, would sink to a three-way tie for sixth, falling behind Jewish Home and United Torah Judaism (UTJ).
Likud would remain the biggest party, though dropping from 30 to 27 seats.
Meretz would gain three seats, to eight. The Arab Joint List would remain at 13 seats.
Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party appeared to be the main beneficiary of Herzog’s decline, rising from 11 to 21 seats.
Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu would slip from 10 to 7; Yisrael Beytenu, 6 to 8; Jewish Home, which plummeted from 12 seats in 2013 to just 8 in 2015, would make a comeback, winning 14 seats.
Support for the two chareidi parties would increase slightly, from 13 seats at present to 14 seats. But the configuration would change dramatically, as UTJ was seen surging from 6 seats to 10, while Shas slides from 7 to 4.