A majority of Israelis would support the party they voted for in September’s election joining a coalition headed by the Benny Gantz-led Blue and White list, reported the Times of Israel.
According to a poll conducted by Israel Democracy Institute, whose results were published yesterday, 62 per cent of Israelis “favour the party that they voted for joining a coalition under Gantz”, including “nearly half of right-wing voters”.
The survey found that almost half – 48 per cent – of Likud voters approve such a move, as do 49 per cent of the Yamina list, or more specifically, its constituent right-wing factions.
The poll found that 53 per cent of Israelis would prefer to see a unity government formed, in contrast to only 17.5 per cent of the public who want a third election.
The strong aversion to a third election in under a year is what drives the desire for a unity government.
Thirteen per cent, meanwhile, would back a minority government – that is, one without 61 seats in the Knesset.
Unsurprisingly, given Blue and White’s number two Yair Lapid’s stridently secular politics, support for joining a Gantz-led coalition was lowest amongst ultra-Orthodox voters.
Gantz faces an uphill battle to succeed where Netanyahu failed, however, with one factor being Netanyahu’s right-wing ‘bloc’ of 55 seats.
New Right party leader Naftali Bennett warned yesterday that a third election would be extremely damaging for the right, remarks that came in the context of speculation that Bennett may lead his faction out of the right-wing bloc if it helped facilitate a Likud-Blue and White unity government.
“If I am an obstacle to forming a government, I release Netanyahu from any commitment to me and to the New Right and am ready to sit in the opposition. The main thing is to get a government established,” he told Channel 12, according to the report.