Israel's Labor Party Jumps in Polls After Newcomer Gabbay Wins Leadership

Netanyahu's Likud party would still come in first since most of the Labor Party's gains seems to come from Yesh Atid

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Avi Gabbay, the new chairman of Israel's Labor Party, at a press conference at his campaign headquarters in Tel Aviv, July 11, 2017.
Avi Gabbay, new head of the Labor Party, at his campaign headquarters on Monday. The party must double its membership, he said.

A day after Avi Gabbay won the Labor Party primary to become the new party leader, Channel 2 and Channel 10 polls find that his party jumps in popularity, passing Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud would still win the greatest number of seats in Israel's parliament, the Knesset.

According to the Channel 10 poll, if elections were to take place today the Likud would win with 29 seats, the Zionist Union, which includes the Labor Party, would receive 24 seats, Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid would receive 16 seats, the Zionist-religious Habayit Hayehudi would receive 14 seats, the mostly-Arab Joint List party would receive 8 seats, Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beytenu would receive 7 seats, Moshe Kahlon's Kulanu party would receive 6 seats, United Torah Judaism would receive 6 seats, and Shas and Meretz would each receive 5 seats.

Channel 2's poll provided similar results: the Likud would win with 25 seats, the Zionist Union would come in second with 20 seats, Yesh Atid would receive 18 seats, Habayit Hayehudi and the Joint List would each receive 13 seats, Kulanu would receive 8 seats, United Torah Judaism would receive 7 seats, Yisrael Beytenu would receive 6 seats, and Shas and Meretz would each receive 5 seats.

The Channel 2 poll also asked who is most suited to be prime minister. 34 percent answered that they thought Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was most suited, 13 percent answered that it was Gabby, 12 percent answered Lapid, 6 percent said Bennett.