According to a new poll by Kantar company conducted for Kan broadcaster, 43 percent of respondents said that Netanyahu was responsible for the fact that Israel will go to polls for the fourth time in two years.

The respondents were also asked who they see as the most suitable candidate for the post of prime minister. As many as 39 percent of nationals chose the acting prime minister, while 36 percent would like to see former Interior Minister Gideon Saar, who has recently left Likud and announced the establishment of his own party. A total of 23 percent named former Defence Minister Naftali Bennett, the leader of the Yamina party.

The poll showed that if the elections were held now, Likud would receive 28 mandates (three more than at the previous poll), Gideon Saar’s new party would have 20 seats, while Yamina would get 15 mandates.

Earlier, reports emerged that the main coalition partners in the Israeli government – Likud and Blue and White parties – agreed that the next state budget would be adopted on  December 31, which would make it possible to avoid an early dissolution of Knesset and holding early elections.

However, the Knesset by a majority vote 49 to 47 rejected in the first reading of the bill extending the budget approval period for 2020 and 2021, which led to the automatic dissolution of Knesset at midnight on Wednesday due to the non-approval of the state budget.

Early on Wednesday, the Speaker of the Knesset Yariv Levin, said that the early parliamentary elections in the country would take place on March 23 2021.