A new poll published by Yedioth Ahronoth and conducted by Dr. Mina Zemach/ Dahaf Institute saw the Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu's joint list
down two Knesset seats with a total of 35 compared to the previous poll
held two weeks ago.
The biggest surprise reflected in the survey is the rise of the new olim party The Israelis who according to the poll could pass the election threshold.
The party appears to target Russian voters disenchanted with Avigdor Lieberman
after his alignment with Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud. The party is headed by David Kun, a senior anchor at Russian-language Channel 9.
Kun said the results of the survey came as a big surprise and added that he will support any party that forms a coalition. He also slammed Yisrael Beiteinu for abandoning its traditional voters.
The poll further showed that the Labor
maintains its 19 Knesset seats recorded in the last poll; Shas getting 11 and Habayit Hayehudi and Tzipi Livni's Hatnua with 11 mandates each.
Livni's party gained two additional mandates compared to the last poll which was conducted before Amir Peretz left the Labor to join the former Kadima leader's new party.
Yair Lapid lost one mandate compared to the previous poll and now stands at eight; United Torah Judaism climbed one spot to six seats and Meretz dropped from five mandates to four.
According to the poll, the far-right Otzma LeIsrael would pass the threshold with two mandates while Kadima is left out of the race.
Telem Yahav and Roi Mandel are aYnet and Yedioth Ahronoth correspondents