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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, November 29, 2021.

On December 13, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will celebrate half a year on the job, but a Thursday public opinion poll suggests he has not been able to turn his achievements so far (combating Corona without lockdowns and passing a budget after three years without one) into a gain in popularity with the voters.

The poll, conducted by the Rafi Smith Institute for Galay Israel radio, found that Bennett and his Yamina party continue to slide downward.

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Although the survey publisher did not mention how many people were contacted and by what methods, it shows a trend that we’ve been observing since the establishment of the Lapid-Bennett coalition government. And so, keeping this in mind, here are the numbers:

  • Likud – 34 (currently 30)
  • Yesh Atid – 21 (17)
  • Shas – 9 (9)
  • Blue&White – 7 (8)
  • Labor – 7 (7)
  • Joint Arab List – 7 (6)
  • Israel Beiteinu – 7 (7)
  • United Torah Judaism – 7 (7)
  • Religious Zionism – 7 (6)
  • Ra’am – 5 (4)
  • Yamina – 5 (7)
  • Meretz – 4 (6)
  • New hope – does not pass the 3.25% vote threshold (6)

Winners and losers:

  1. Likud and Yesh Atid are the biggest winners, gaining 4 seats each. It shows that Yair Lapid’s gamble paid off; it also shows that Netanyahu is resilient enough to sustain his election loss.
  2. Ra’am is another winner, taking a seat from its enemy, the Joint Arab List.
  3. Yamina and Meretz lose 2 seats each; New Hope is fighting for its life.

Left vs. Right:

  1. The right-wing bloc (without Yamina) has 57 seats. With Yamina – the needed 62 seats for a coalition government. Without Yamina but with Blue&White – 64 seats. In either case, the presumed winner Benjamin Netanyahu would have to mend fences with either Bennett or Benny Gantz and pay the necessary political price.
  2. The left-wing bloc (without Yamina) has only 51 seats. With Yamina 56.
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David writes news at JewishPress.com.