A new poll published Motzoei Shabbos has the Likud maintaining its lead in prospective elections. If elections were held today, the party led by Binyamin Netanyahu would get 25 seats, followed closely by Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid, with 24 seats.
However, according to the poll presented on Hadashot News, the Likud would be beaten by a party that combined Yesh Atid and Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu party. That party, if it were to run in the next elections, would get 29 seats in a new Knesset. Running separately, however, Kulanu would get seven seats – meaning that a union between the two would sharply reduce the impact Kahlon could have on the Knesset, assuming he had his own policy ideas independent of Lapid. With that, Netanyahu is still the preferred candidate over Lapid for the role of prime minister.
Coming in third in the poll is Zionist Camp, which improves its position slightly over recent polls. The Hadashot News poll gives the party 16 seats. If Yesh Atid and Kulanu merge, that would increase to 17 seats. Following Zionist Camp is United Arab List with 12, Jewish Home with 11, and United Torah Jewry, Kulanu and Yisrael Beytenu with seven seats each. Meretz would get five seats. The poll also shows Shas getting six seats – the first poll in months showing the party rising above four, below which it would not qualify for the Knesset at all.