The majority of Israelis have expressed their opposition to the formation of a unity government headed by Benjamin Netanyahuâ€™s Likud party and a member of the Benny Gantzâ€™ Kahol Lavan (Blue and White) alliance, after the Knesset elections on September 17, according to a poll published by the Walla website today, Monday.
Fifty-two percent of the respondents said they did not support a unity government between the Likud and Kahol Lavan, while 34% expressed their support for the move.
The poll was carried out against the backdrop of the Yisrael Beiteinu party chairman Avigdor Liebermanâ€™s call for a unity government without the inclusion of the ultra-Orthodox parties, saying that a unity government may be the only possible scenario, after the elections.
The survey found that 55% of the voters of the center-left parties and 48% of the right-wing voters oppose the formation of a unity government, while 37% of the right-wing voters and 38% of the left-wing voters support this idea, PNN further reports.
However, 51% of those who declared that they would vote for Kahol Lavan in the upcoming elections supported the formation of a unity government headed by Netanyahu, with 42% opposed. There is slightly less support for a unity government among those who intend to vote for the Likud party: 49% of them oppose forming a unity government, while 37% support it.
The poll is similar to the results of other polls, and shows that right-wing parties will not get a majority without Liebermanâ€™s party. The poll predicts that they will win 57 seats: Likud recieves 31 percent; the â€˜United Rightâ€™ bloc receives 11 seats; United Torah Judaism alliance has eight seats; Shas has seven seats, while the extreme right-wing parties Utzma Yehudit and Zihut do not exceed one percentage of the vote.
On the other hand, the poll predicts that left-wing parties will win 63 seats: Kahol Lavan recieves 29 seats; the Democratic Camp has seven seats; Gesher (Labor Party) will have six seats; The Joint List will receive 11 seats, and Yisrael Beiteinu 10 seats.
43% of the respondents considered Netanyahu the most suitable for the post of prime minister, while 30% said Gantz was the right person to take over. Netanyahu, of course, received broad support from right-wing voters, 65% of whom said Netanyahu was the right candidate. On the other hand, 59% of the center-left voters said that Gantz was the most suitable, and 8% said Netanyahu was the best candidate for prime minister.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.