The Maariv poll published yesterday also asked how the Knesset seats would be divided if the Arab parties (Balad, Ra’am-Tal and Hadash) were to run as a single entity in the upcoming election. The poll showed such a party gaining 13 seats, a two seat improvement from the previous poll and the current Knesset, while strengthening Likud and Bayit Yehudi, and weakening Meretz.
The other surprising result would be that a united Arab party would push Shas under the electoral threshold, meaning it would not return to the next Knesset. This would be a shocking turn of events for a party that has held a double digit number of seats since the early ’90s.
Knesset seat distribution if the Arab parties ran as a united list:
|24||Labor with Livni|
|13||United Arab Party|