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Bennett and Jewish Home Soar in Polls, Challenge Likud for Lead

Bennett lost the battle for Chief Rabbis but he may have won the war. A Knesset Channel poll shows Jewish Home party as the second largest, only three seats behind the Likud and three ahead of Lapid.

Naftali Bennett (c) at his primaries victory party, November 7, 2012.

Naftali Bennett, after he was elected in 2012 to lead the Jewish Home party.
Photo Credit: Yossi Zeliger/Flash90

The Jewish Home party, headed by Trade, Industry and Labor Minister Naftali Bennett, would win only three Knesset seats less than the leading Likud-Beiteinu party If elections were held today according to a new Knesset Channel poll.

Likud would win 22 seats, followed by Jewish Home with 19, Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party 16, Labor 15, Meretz 12 and the other parties less than five each.

The poll’s results are missing some data because the total number of the seats allocated to the parties is 15 less than the 120 in the Knesset. Even if 10 are added for the Arab parties, another five are missing.

One questionable statistic is the four seats allocated to Shas, three less than in the previous poll. Shas perennially wins approximately 10 mandates in the polls and usually comes up with one or two more in the elections. In the current Knesset, Shas has 11 seats.

The popularity of Bennett is unquestioned. He eagerly backed national religious Rabbi David Stav for Chief Rabbi and was dealt a severe loss with the solid victory of Haredi Rabbi David Lau.

Bennett lost the battle, but he picked up lots of Brownie points among the public, most of which is fed up with the Haredi domination of the Rabbinate.

The poll also showed that Lapid is holding his own with 16 seats, three less than his party now holds in the Knesset but one more than in the previous toll. Lapid has won support for his campaign for the universal draft, an issue that apparently is more important to the middle class than higher taxes that Lapid has imposed.

The popularity of Labor, headed by Shelley Yachimovich, dropped sharply from the 22 seats it won in the previous poll. It has 15 Knesset Members, the same number it would retain according to this week’s poll.

Meretz’s growing support , with 12 seats compared with the six it now holds, reflects frustration with Yachimovich, who has been far from spectacular.

If elections were held today, Kadima, headed by Shaul Mofaz, would be erased from the political map, which is no surprise.

Tzipi Livni’s Tnuva party would win only three seats, half of the number she now holds, and that also is not much of a surprise. She has no agenda other than opposing Netanyahu and supporting  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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14 Responses to “Bennett and Jewish Home Soar in Polls, Challenge Likud for Lead”

  1. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Good news!

  2. The Guardian says:

    It’s time to dump Netanyahu. He stands for nothing and has no credibilty. What a dissapointment.

  3. No release of terrorists, no concessions to terrorists. You send your sons and daughters to fight terrorists and then you release them? This is insane what are you getting as a reward, but hatred. Stay firm , bravo Naftali, get rid of the old guard, they are all washed out. Holocaust survivor and resistant soldier in WWII. Shalom Hava

  4. Anonymous says:

    Agree with Eva! No release of terrorists! No concessions to the filthy anti-Semites.

  5. Henna du Plessis says:

    Bennet, why are you , living in luxury in Raanana? Why are you not in Shomron?

  6. Please! Naftali Bennett is the Trade, Industry and Labor Minster, definitely not "Finance" which is Lapid. Again, *PLEASE*!

  7. Please! Naftali Bennett is the Trade, Industry and Labor Minster, definitely not "Finance" which is Lapid. Again, *PLEASE*!

  8. Anonymous says:

    "…the other parties less than five each." and "… the total number of the seats allocated to the parties is 15 less than…."

    It should read, "…the other parties FEWER than five each. And "…the total number of the seats allocated to the parties is 15 FEWER than…."

    Please learn correct English. Editor?

  9. Pretty much the exact opposite of the last Ha'aretz poll. They just poll their own news room.

  10. Jim Draper says:

    Bennett is my hero, with a heart like King David, Israeli, s Future, through all the rascals out and make him King, and things will change, G-d Bless Israel and G-d have Mercy on america for their leaders stupidity, and dasterdly and outback wwii nazi manipulation behind the back, chicago style politics, God Bless You Israel.

  11. Ira L. Jacobson says:

    Tnuva is a party? I thought Tenu`a was a "movement."

  12. Ira L. Jacobson says:

    Tnuva is a party? I thought Tenu`a was a "movement."

  13. Ira L. Jacobson says:

    It is a good thing that Harav Lau won, and it is also good to see that those polled oppose releasing terrorist murderers.

  14. But, unfortunatelly, there will be no election in the next years! IF Bayit Yehudi leaves the coalition, Netanyahu invite the Labor and even the Meretz go get in.

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