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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The creation of a political party with a central social-affairs agenda and led
by television personality and journalist Yair Lapid could garner a plurality of
36 Knesset seats in the next election, a survey published by the Geocartograpy
Institute on Wednesday has revealed.
Conducted over the past few days,
following Saturday night’s street protests across the country that brought out
more than 400,000 Israelis angry over the increasing cost of living, the poll
suggests that the social protests that started on July 14 could cause a
significant change to the political make-up of the State of
Carried out by Prof. Avi Degani, president of the Geocartography
Institute, the survey shows that any such new party could cause a big blow to
the position of four large existing political parties, Kadima, Likud, Israel
Beiteinu and Shas.
Shas would lose because more than 40 percent of those
surveyed suggested that they would prefer a solely socialfocused party to the
ultra- Orthodox Sephardi party.
According to the findings, if such a
party did come to fruition, Kadima would like lose around 36% of its votes,
Likud 25%, Labor 35%, Shas 42%, Habayit Hayehudi 22%, Meretz 20% and United
Torah Judaism 6%; Israel Beiteinu would lose 36% and the National Union
“Of course we are only talking in theory and we need to remember that
there is still not a strong political leader that could represent a party of
this kind,” Degani said.
The survey also asked those interviewed who
could possibly lead such a political platform.
Lapid came in first. After
him, journalist-turned-Labor MK Shelly Yacimovich was seen as a possible
candidate or even Students Union leader Itzhik Shmuly, whose powerful speech at
Saturday night’s rally in Tel Aviv galvanized the protesters.