The Likud party bypasses Yesh Atid and wins 28 seats. Lapid is in second place with 24 while 13 seats puts the Joint Arab List in third place.

Netanyahu rises to first place in recent polls

Netanyahu rises to first place in recent polls Photo credit: Miriam Alshter, Yonatan Sindel; Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

A poll conducted by Dr. Mina Tzemach and Meno Geva of the Midgam Research Institute for Channel 2’s “Meet the Press” program marks the first time in six months that the Likud party has strengthened its support among the public. Yair Lapid and his Yesh Atid party, meanwhile, have dropped in the polls. According to the survey, support for the Likud party has risen to first place with 28 seats, gaining 6 additional seats while Lapid’s party has dropped to 24 seats (down from 26) but is stilll second place. Former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who has declared his intention to run for the leadership of a new party, did not receive enough support to pass the 3.25% qualifying threshold.

According to the poll, the Joint Arab List would be the third largest party in the Knesset, maintaining its 13 seats. The Zionist Union follows with 12 seats (up by one) and the Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi Party headed by Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett with 10 seats in the Knesset (down by one). According to the survey, Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu party, Shas and United Torah Judaism received seven seats each, leaving Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu and Meretz with only 6 seats each.

Lapid drops to 24 mandates

Lapid drops to 24 mandates Photo credit: Channel 2 News

During the survey, respondents were also asked how satisfied they were with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s performance. 61% said they were not satisfied while 33% responded that they were satisfied.

Kahlon presents new economic plan

Kahlon presents new economic plan Photo credit: Channel 2 News

In an additional survey conducted by the Midgam Research Institute, the public was asked to respond to the economic plan presented last week by Kahlon; 85% supported the plan and only 5% opposed it.