The rightist Jewish Home party replaced the religious Shas movement as Israel’s third most popular party in two election polls.
A survey conducted by Ma’agar Mohot for the news site NRG forecast that Jewish Home would clinch 13 seats in the Jan. 22 election, behind Labor’s 18 seats and 37 seats for the joint Likud–Yisrael Beiteinu list headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
A Dahaf survey conducted for the daily Yediot Achronot had Jewish Home garnering 12 seats, Labor winning 17 seats and Likud–Yisrael Beiteinu leading with 33 seats. Both surveys were published Dec. 28 and had a margin of error of about 4.5 percent.
The Jewish Home opposes territorial concessions to the Palestinians and supports settlements. It is headed by Naftali Bennett, the son of a Bay Area couple who immigrated to Israel after the 1967 Six-Day War. — jta