Fifty-one percent of Israelis believe that education minister Naftali Bennett should not receive the defense portfolio after Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned last week, according to a poll released on Saturday by the Israeli program "Meet the Press ".
Bennett made a bid for the position, but according to the survey, only 24% of the public believe he is right for the job. Twenty-five percent of the public is not sure.
According to the same survey, 53% of the population supports the convening of early elections, considering the current political circumstances. Fifty-nine percent agree with Lieberman's resignation, and 49 percent say Lieberman resigned due to disagreements with the security cabinet.
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The research was conducted by Manu Geva and Mina Tzemach of the Midgam Research Institute in collaboration with iPanel.
The group also carried out two surveys measuring the expected election results – the first if the elections were called today and the other, examining the results if former Israeli Chief of Staff Benny Gantz joined the Union party Zionist.
If the elections were held today, according to the poll, Likud would receive 30 seats; Yesh Atid would win 18; the Joint List and the Zionist Union would occupy 12 seats each; Habayit Hayehudi would receive 10 seats; Kulanu would receive eight, followed by seven-seat Shas.
Judaism of the Torah United, Yisrael Beiteinu and a party led by the independent Orli Levi-Abekasis would occupy six seats each. Meretz would receive five seats.
If Gantz competes as a member of the Zionist Union party, Likud would fall to 26 seats, and the Zionist Union would double its seat count to 24. Yesh Atid would gain 14 seats. The Joint List would receive 12 and Habayit Hayehudi would fall to nine seats.
Kulanu and Shas would receive 7 seats and Torah Judaism and Yisrael Beiteinu would take six. The party led by Levi-Abekasis would acquire five seats, followed by Meretz with four.