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Former political partners (L-R) Naftali Bennett, Ayelet Shaked, Betzalel Smotrich, and Rafi Peretz, August 21, 2019.

A large and comprehensive survey conducted Wednesday by the Miskar surveys institute, which specializes in data analysis pertaining to the Religious Zionist sector in Israel, suggests that if there were primaries for a yet to be established united religious Zionist party, including all the parties to the right of Likud, then Habayit Hayehudi chairman Rabbi Rafi Peretz would only come seventh.

Ayelet Shaked, Bezalel Smotrich and Naftali Bennett would lead the slate of such a party, and Otzma Yehudit leader Itamar Ben-Gvir would come in sixth.


It should be noted that the current co-leader of the New Right party, Naftali Bennett, has already announced his intent to run with his current party, thank you very much.

It should also be noted that both other parties to the right of Likud, Habayit Hayehudi and Otzma Yehudit, are yet to break through the vote threshold of 3.25%.

And lest you make the natural assumption that adding those two parties to Bennett’s and Shaked’s would raise it from its current 6 seats in every conceivable poll since the summer, it should be noted that even if the new party receives every last vote committed to its prospective partners, it is also likely to lose as many votes, seeing as its own followers are not crazy about Smotrich, and certainly not about Ben-Gvir.

With all of the above in mind, the survey, which included a variety of aspects of religious Zionism, such as the identities forged by the three different parties of the sector, asked respondents to choose the 5 candidates they would like to see on the United Religious Party list. The names were thrown at the respondents without a discernible order.

And so, according to the survey conductor, Dr. Ido Lieberman, if primaries were held for a single Religious Zionist party, this would be the Knesset slate picked by the (imaginary) membership:

1. Ayelet Shaked 84%.

2. Bezalel Smotrich 77.8%.

3. Naftali Bennett 69.8%.

4. Orit Struk 40.3%.

5. Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan 36.3%.

6. Itamar Ben-Gvir 36.1%.

7. Rabbi Rafi Peretz 28.4%.

8. Matan Kahane 25.4%.

9. Moti Yogev 24.2%

10. Shuli Mualem 22.2%.

11. Idit Silman 11.8%.

12. Ophir Sofer 10.2%.

13. Edva Biton 8.6%.

14. Ronnie Sassover 4.8%.

15. Yossi Cohen 2.9%.

16. Shai Mimon 2.7%.

17. Itzhak Wasserlauof 1.4%.

The sample of the national religious sector represented in this survey contains 500 men and women ages 17 and over, who were selected from a group of about 1,700 full respondents to the survey. The complete survey was sent to 5,900 people, and was closed one day later. The margin of error is +-4.4.