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After Ceasefire New Poll Shows Significant Drop in Support for Netanyahu, Rising Right Wing

November 22, 2012 1:03 pm 4 comments

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Photo: LIFE.

A new Israeli poll released this morning, and conducted following the cease-fire with Hamas, announced yesterday after 8 days of fighting, shows a significant drop in public support for Israeli Prime Minister Netanayhu.

The poll which was commissioned by Israel’s Knesset website and conducted by the Panels Institute shows Netanyahu’s joint list with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, named Likud-Beiteinu dropping significantly from a current 42 seats combined to 33 seats.

Israel’s Labor party gained two seats from a previous poll rising to 22 seats, and the Yesh Atid party of former Journalist Yair Lapid dropped from 13 seats to 11.

Strong gains on Israel’s right were marked by the Jewish Home party headed by former Netanyahu Chief of Staff Naftali Bennett which rose from 11 to 13 seats, and the Power to Israel party of Michael Ben-Ari and Aryeh Eldad, now projected to win 4 seats. The Orthodox Shas party remained static in the poll with 10 mandates, while Meretz and United Torah Judaism both came in with 6 seats.

The new figures may be a result of the unpopularity in Israel of the ceasefire agreement, which a Channel 2 poll taken before the ceasefire was announced concluded that 70% of Israelis opposed.

According to Israeli website Walla, a Likud mister who did not wish to be named said that the, “public response is very, very difficult. We do not remember such a magnitude of an enraged response. People call and say: this time we will not vote Likud.”

Another minister is quoted as saying that a reserve soldier said: “A week ago all of my battalion were Likudniks. Now, if you think anyone would vote Likud You’re kidding yourself.”

Another minister coming to the defense of Netanyahu said that the situation was more complicated, citing the famous Israeli saying: “what you see from here is not visible from there.”

Israeli political commentator and Algemeiner blogger, Arik Elman, said that he is not sure if these results will hold in the longer term. “Obviously the first reaction to the agreement is deep disappointment,” he said,  “and that is before all Israeli concessions to Hamas on the issues of movement and border crossings have been realized.”

“Likud Beitenu voters many of whom live in the South feel that Netanyahu and Lieberman bowed to Ehud Barak,” he continued. However he said, “it is hard to tell whether this opinion climate will endure – there are two months to elections, and if the calm will hold, perhaps Netanyahu will yet persuade right-wing voters to support him and not the untested alternative in the person of Naftali Bennett.”

“On the other hand,” he added, “Labor is benefiting from the renewed public image of Amir Peretz, who is considered a “father” of the Iron Dome and savior of lives.”

“The accounts of the negotiations published so far reveal that the Israeli government bowed to the American request not to push Egypt too far and accepted conditions that it first considered unsatisfying,” he concluded.

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  • Sergio HaDaR Tezza

    Actually, from what one can read here… Meretz doubles from 3 to 6, Labor almost triples its current seats…there’s no mention of Kadima… I am not sure that the Israeli public, who undergo a DAILY brainwash by extreme leftist radio and tv, will know to express its justified distrust for a liar like Netanyahu and understand that the only alternative is NOT to go back to the left, but to elect more people REALLY FAITHFUL to the Land of Israel and REALLY belonging to the national camp.

  • I am not sure what is happening with the Israeli leadership, but it does not take much for any thinking person to know that when Palestinians attacks Israel, they must pay a serious price. While an invasion may not have been necessary, clearly Gaza should have been flattened, every building, every outhouse. This ceasefire makes it look like the Palestinians won.

  • While I’m against this “ceasefire”, I believe we need to view it realisticly. First; Israel is so dependent on US largess that I don’t see how Bibi could say no. Second; This round ended with wide support for Israel in the US, Canada, UK, and Germany. A ground invasion would quickly eroded that support. Third; It would seem that considerable pressure has been placed on Egypt to control the arms smugeling into Gaza. I don’t trust them or Morsi, who by the way has just claimed broad dictatorial powers. (Think mabe his heads been swollen by all this US support.). So I for one will wait and see. It all comes down to whether Obama can be trusted. (No sniggers from the peanut gallery).

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