A unified political bloc comprising of the Labor Party and Hatnuah (headed by former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni) would defeat the Likud party headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a Channel 10 poll predicted on Tuesday.
The poll, conducted by Camil Fuchs from Tel Aviv University, also found that Naftali Bennett's Habayit Hayehudi would win 15, a party led by ex-Likud MK Moshe Kahlon would win 13 seats, Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu would win 11 seats and Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid would win 10 seats. Shas would win 7 seats, Meretz 6, Hadash 5 and the United Arab List-Ta’al 5.
Even if former Minister of Interior Gideon Sa'ar would head the Likud in the election, the poll found the Labor-Hatnuah bloc would still beat Likud by a margin of 22-20.
Asked who they would like to see as prime minister, 23 percent of respondents said Netanyahu, 22 percent said they prefer Labor Party chairman Isaac Herzog, 13 percent said they prefer Sa'ar and 13 percent opted for Bennett. Lieberman and Kahlon each received 10 percent, and Lapid came in last with 9 percent.
Labor Party chairman MK Isaac Herzog intends to present an agreement to his party as early as next week to run jointly with the Hatnuah party.
A senior Labor figure said on Monday that “The agreement is not yet finalized but Herzog would like to complete it within a few days.”
Sources in Hatnuah said Monday that talks over a joint slate with Labor were still at an early stage and that Livni has still not given her final go-ahead to the move.
The election is set for March 17.