Poll Shows Netanyahu and Right-Wing Allies Would Gain Majority if New Elections Held, Blue and White Would be Diminished, Labor Wiped Out; Dissent in the Ranks – Blue and White MK Says “Very Hard” to Serve Under Netanyahu; Bennett Blasts Netanyahu as Traitor to Religious Zionism

If an election were held today, the Likud party would increase to 40 seats, giving Netanyahu and his right-wing allies an easy coalition, says a recent poll. The same poll showed that Israel’s Labor party would be wiped out, while Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu would grow to nine seats. The Arab Joint list would hold steady at 15 seats, while Yesh Atid-Telem (leaders of the opposition under Yair Lapid and Moshe Ya’alon) would get 14 seats. Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party would pick up only 12 seats. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

Meirav Cohen of the Blue and White party and Israel’s new Social Equality Minister recently said it was “very hard” for her to serve in a government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In an interview with Israel’s Channel 12 news, Cohen revealed, “It’s very hard for me. Very hard for me.” Continuing, she said, “I didn’t want it to be like this. To go into a unity government with a man who, we don’t believe him or in him, who has three criminal indictments — or the other option of a fourth election straight, during a crazy economic, social and health crisis.” She said that “Both options were terrible. I truly hope we’ve chosen the lesser of two evils.” Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

Yamina leader Naftali Bennett, a onetime ally of Netanyahu, blasted the new government and Netanyahu in particular, telling the website Kipa, “Netanyahu betrayed the religious Zionists. There was an alliance, and he threw out religious Zionism and threw the right out. He didn’t stand by his word and he will bear the consequences.” Bennett also said, “There are a million unemployed and Netanyahu and Gantz are leading an economic tsunami this winter. They do nothing to prevent ‘The Great Winter Shutdown.’” Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…