Polls: Eizenkot Boosts New Party, But No New Government in Sight

By Shmuel Smith

YERUSHALAYIM – Despite the fanfare of former IDF chief Gadi Eizenkot announcing his entrance into politics on the Blue and White-New Hope slate—henceforth to be known as National Unity—no resounding change was to be seen in a flurry of polls on Sunday night.

While Eizenkot’s entry may have added a couple of Knesset seats—the alliance of Benny Gantz and Gideon Sa’ar which was polling at 10-12 recently made a showing of 12-14 on Sunday—it caused no shift in the overall configuration of the parties.

No clear winner has even begun to emerge, and the prospect of yet another indecisive election outcome looms. The center-left, still dominated by Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid, was still well short of a majority; and opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu’s right wing-religious bloc was also lacking the 61 MKs needed to form a government.

Following are the results of the four polls published Sunday:

The Kan public broadcaster:

Likud 35
Yesh Atid 22
Blue and White-New Hope 14
Religious Zionism 9
Shas 8
United Torah Judaism 7
Joint List 6
Yisrael Beytenu 5
Labor 5
Ra’am 5
Meretz 4
Zionist Spirit below threshold, at 1.6%

Channel 13 news poll:

Likud 34
Yesh Atid 23
Blue and White-New Hope 12
Religious Zionism 11
Shas 8
UTJ 7
Joint List 6
Labor 5
Ra’am 5
Yisrael Beytenu 5
Meretz 4
Zionist Spirit below threshold, at 1.2%

Channel 12:

Likud 34
Yesh Atid 23
Blue and White-New Hope 14
Religious Zionism 10
Shas 8
UTJ 7
Joint List 6
Labor 6
Ra’am 5
Yisrael Beytenu 4
Meretz 4
Zionist Spirit below threshold, at 2.1%

Channel 14:

Likud 34
Yesh Atid 22
Blue and White-New Hope 13
Religious Zionism 11
Shas 9
UTJ 7
Joint List 5
Yisrael Beytenu 5
Labor 5
Ra’am 5
Meretz 4
Zionist Spirit below threshold, at 1.8%

At a press conference on Sunday night, Eizenkot was asked about the possibility that Netanyahu would return to power. He answered that “I served as IDF chief under his government. I don’t want to comment about him. I just want to say that…no one should be able to campaign for public office while under indictment. Not by the norms that we want to have as a democratic state under the rule of law.”

The Likud commented on the Eizenkot candidacy, saying: “Gadi Eizenkot joined a party that cannot form a government, boycotts half the people and will lead us to sixth elections. Only the Likud can form a stable national government that will prevent a sixth round of elections.”

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