"Don't waste your Vote," Netanyahu plead to the Israeli public on Tuesday. That call seems to fall on deaf ears, at least at this point of the campaign, with latest opinion polls showing the Likud Beitenu losing votes to Bayit Yehudi and Shas, both parties that are lead by popular and charismatic leaders, such as Bennett and Deri. The bear hug by Bennett and Deri seems to indicate that voters believe Netanyahu will be strengthened by strong sectoral parties at his side.
The Thursday Reshet Bet Radio elections poll conducted by Mano Geva from Midgam Institute, predicts Kadima, Am Shalem, and Power to Israel failing to reach the threshold needed to get into the next Knesset.
The poll is devastating for Likud and Yisrael Beitenu: Likud-Beteinu would get only 34 seats, if elections were held today, Labor falls to 16 projected seats, while the Jewish Home rises to 15 seats and Shas party from 11 to 13. That would grant the Right-wing bloc a majority of 69 seats, including UTJ's 6 seats.