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August 21, 2018 3:04 pm

Poll: Israelis Unhappy With Gaza Ceasefire, but Netanyahu’s Reelection Prospects Unharmed

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The Knesset. Photo: Itzik Edri via Wikimedia Commons.

Likud voters are unhappy with the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, but that would not hamper Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chances of victory if new elections were held now, according to a Walla poll published on Tuesday.

The poll found that 41 percent of Likud voters opposed the Gaza ceasefire, which went into effect last week, after several Hamas-instigated rounds of violence in recent months nearly devolved all-out war on Israel’s southern border. Only 28% of backers of Israel’s ruling party supported the ceasefire.

Among the general Israeli population, the margin was similar, with 40 percent opposing the ceasefire, and 27 percent supporting it.

If elections were held today (as of now, the next Knesset elections are scheduled to take place in November 2019), Netanyahu’s Likud would take 33 seats (up from its current total of 30), the poll said.

The second-largest party would be Yesh Atid (20 seats), followed by the Zionist Union (12 seats), HaBayit HaYehudi (11 seats), the Joint List (11 seats), United Torah Judaism (7 seats), Kulanu (6 seats), Yisrael Beiteinu (6 seats), Meretz (5 seats), Orly Levy-Abekasis (5 seats) and Shas (4 seats).

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