Former Likud minister Zeev Elkin’s defection from Likud to Gideon Saar’s New Hope party has pushed the latter up in the polls, Globes reported on Sunday.
The poll showed New Hope winning 21 seats, closing in on Likud’s 25, if elections were held now, according to the findings of Maariv researchers.
Yesh Atid-Telem was projected to have 15 seats, Yamina 14, Joint Arab List 11, Shas 8, United Torah Judaism 7, Meretz 7, Yisrael Beitenu 7, and Blue & White 4.
Base on these findings, New Hope is drawing support from Likud, Yamina and Yesh Atid-Telem.
The right wing overall would have more than enough for a majority, 75 with the religious parties, but Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to have a hard time aasembling a coalition with Gideon Saar or Yamina leader Naftali Bennett, who have scores to settle with him. A path to power without Likud, based on a right-center coalition, remains far-fetched.
The poll, conducted on Thursday, predicted that as things stand, Ofer Shelah, who left Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid Party, would not clear the minimum vote threshold for winning any Knesset seats. The same was true for the Labor Party, Jewish Home and Orly Levy-Abekasis’s Gesher party.