Poll: New Party With Ya'alon at the Helm Would Defeat Netanyahu's Likud

The survey also assumes that Finance Minister Kahlon and former Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar would also be on the ticket of the new party.

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Kahlon and Ya'alon during a weekly cabinet meeting, May 4, 2016.
Kahlon and Ya'alon during a weekly cabinet meeting, May 4, 2016.Credit: Emil Salman

If elections to the Knesset were held now, and Moshe Ya'alon, who just stepped down as defense minister, were to run on a new party ticket headed by himself, by former Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar and by the current finance minister, Moshe Kahlon, the party would win 25 seats, according to results of a poll for Israel Radio broadcast Friday.

That would put the new party ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud, which would be reduced to 21 seats from its current 30. While in public office, Ya'alon and Sa'ar were both affiliate with Likud, Kahlon heads the Kulanu party.

The poll projects that Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid would get 13 seats, compared to its current 11. The Zionist Union, which has 24 seats, is projected to shrink to 11.

Former Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar.Credit: Moti Milrod

The survey, which was conducted by pollster Rafi Smith, projects that the Joint List would garner 13 seats. Habayit Hayehudi would receive 10; Yisrael Beiteinu and United Torah Judaism would come in at eight seats; Shas would get six; and Meretz five seats.