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June 23, 2016 5:15 pm

Most Israelis Unhappy With Government’s Handling of Palestinian Terror Wave, Poll Finds

avatar by Barney Breen-Portnoy

Paramedics at the scene of a terrorist attack. Photo: Hatzalah.

Paramedics at the scene of a terrorist attack. Photo: Hatzalah.

A majority of Israelis are unhappy with the government’s handling of the ongoing wave of Palestinian terrorism, a poll published this week by Israel’s Channel 1 found.

Since last fall, 32 Israelis and two US tourists have been killed in Palestinian terrorist attacks across Israel.

Seventy-two percent of respondents expressed dissatisfaction with how the government has dealt with the terror wave, with only 23% saying the government was doing an adequate job confronting the phenomenon.

In addition, 78% of respondents said they were dissatisfied with the government’s economic conduct, while a mere 19% expressed satisfaction.

According to the poll, if Knesset elections were held today, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party would drop from 30 to 22 seats, but still remain the largest party in the Knesset. Meanwhile, Isaac Herzog’s Zionist Union party would plummet from 24 to 9 seats, while Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party would rise from 11 to 20 seats, making it the new second-largest party. Jewish Home and the Joint Arab List would receive 13 seats apiece, while a theoretical new centrist party led by former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon would get 10.

Rounding out the Knesset lineup would be Yisrael Beytenu (9 seats), United Torah Judaism (7 seats), Shas (6 seats), Kulanu (6 seats) and Meretz (5 seats).

With this distribution of seats, Netanyahu would likely remain prime minister for a fifth term.

On the question of who was most suited to be prime minister, Netanyahu came in first at 23%. He was followed by Lapid (15%), Ya’alon (9%), former Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar (9%) and former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi (6%). Herzog, who currently serves as opposition leader, was named by just 5% of respondents.

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