New Party Led by Independent Lawmaker Would Win 8 Seats in Next Election, Poll Shows

MK Orli Levi-Abekasis would hold the balance of power between left and right, according to Channel 2 News, while Likud remains largest party but would lose 2 seats

MK Orli Levi-Abekasis at the Knesset.
Olivier Fitoussi

A new poll released on Monday evening predicts a new party headed by independent MK Orli Levi-Abekasis would win eight Knesset seats if the election was held now. The poll shows Likud would lose two seats to 28 – but would still remain the largest party in the Knesset, which is also down two seats from the poll conducted just last month.

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Yesh Atid would win 20 seats and the Zionist Union 14, according to the poll, which was conducted by the Israel National News Company, formerly known as Channel 2 News.

The Joint List, a coalition of Arab parties, would win 12 seats, Habayit Hayehudi 10, United Torah Judaism with 7, six for both Kulanu and Meretz, according to the poll. Yisrael Beiteinu would win five seats and Shas only four.

This translates into 60 seats for the right-wing parties, while the center left would win only 52 seats. This would give Levi-Abekasis, with eight seats, with the balance of power in her hands – and she could decide to provide the center-left with a bloc that could prevent the establishment of a right-wing government.

A month ago, Levi-Abekasis announced she would establish a new party, saying she would reveal its name and platform later. She left Yisrael Beiteinu and became an independent after Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s party joined the government coalition two years ago.

Levi-Abekasis said in March at the Sderot Conference, when she announced her new party, that she believes elections are in the offing and that her party would deal with the status of Israel’s outlying areas and ethnic polarization.

A poll conducted by the television news company after her announcement showed her party receiving five Knesset seats, while Likud would stay at 30, with Yesh Atid becoming the second largest party with 21 seats, while the Zionist Union dropped to 14.