A new survey conducted by Lazar Research for the Maariv newspaper showed that 21% of Israelis would like to see former Mossad chief Yossi Cohen replace Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel’s prime minister.
- Following Cohen is MK Gideon Sa’ar of the National Unity party, who received the support of 13% of respondents. Sa’ar formerly served as a minister for the Likud party.
- In third and fourth place are Defense Minister Yoav Gallant (12%) and Economy Minister Nir Barkat (11%), both of Likud.
- At the same time, 23% of respondents said that none of the above options are fit to replace Netanyahu, and another 20% said that they do not know which, if any, would be a good candidate.
- Among Likud voters, 26% supported Cohen, and an equal number supported Barkat; 17% supported Gallant’s candidacy, while just 5% supported Sa’ar’s. Another 15% of Likud voters said that none of the candidates would be a good replacement for Netanyahu, and 11% said they do not know.
Among center-left voters, 23% supported Sa’ar, 21% supported Cohen, 14% supported Gallant, and 7% supported Barkat. A full 23% of center-left voters said none of the candidates were appropriate, and 12% said they do not know.
- The survey also showed that if elections were held today, the National Unity camp would win 42 seats in the Knesset, while Likud would be a far-off second, with just 17. Yesh Atid would retain its place as third-largest party in the Knesset, with 14 seats.
- Among the smaller parties, Yisrael Beytenu and Shas would win eight seats each, while United Torah Judaism would win seven and Otzma Yehudit six. Both Hadash-Ta’al and Ra’am (United Arab List) would win five seats each, while Religious Zionism and Meretz would win four seats each.
Source: Arutz Sheva