Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett (R) and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, from the Jewish Home party, enter the room before delivering their statements in Tel Aviv, Israel.REUTERS/Corinna Kern.

The split in the national-religious camp is likely to chips away at the right-wing’s strength come the April 9 election, a new poll commissioned ‎byIsrael Hayom and conducted by the Maagar Mochot polling ‎institute found on Wednesday.‎

The results predicted that, were the election be held now, ‎Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet ‎Shaked’s New Right Party would win eight Knesset seats, while ‎Jewish Home, from which they split, would win only four seats, ‎barely scraping by the 3.25 percent electoral threshold.

The poll gave Likud 28 seats—far ahead of any of the other parties, ‎but still three sits down from the 31 seats projected last week. ‎

The poll further predicted that former Israel Defense Forces’ Chief of Staff Benny ‎Gantz’s Israel Resilience Party would win 13 seats, as would ‎Yesh Atid. The Joint Arab List is projected to win nine seats, ‎followed by Labor, with seven; Kulanu, Meretz and United Torah Judaism, ‎each with six; Gesher, five; and Yisrael Beytenu and ‎Hatnuah, each with four seats. ‎

Shas, the Sephardi ultra-Orthodox Party, fell to only three ‎seats. This is below the electoral threshold, which means ‎that the party would find itself out of parliament for the first time ‎since its inception in 1984.‎

If Shas fails to be elected to the Knesset, it would deal a massive ‎blow to the right-wing as a whole, as its parties would win only 56 ‎seats, rendering Netanyahu unable to form a coalition. ‎

This would also increase the left-wing’s chances of creating a successful ‎opposition bloc that would wrest power away from the right-wing.

Also on Wednesday, Jewish Home Knesset member Moti Yogev leveled ‎harsh criticism at Bennett and Shaked saying the two “defrauded” ‎the party’s supporters. ‎

Yogev ‎said he would vie for Jewish Home’s leadership.

by Israel Hayom /