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Only 27% of Israelis believe Netanyahu is suitable to head government

November 4, 2023 at 12:08 pm

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the 78th Session of the General Assembly of the UN [Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images]

A recent Israeli public opinion poll showed on Friday that only 27 per cent of Israelis believe that Benjamin Netanyahu is the right person to run the government.

According to an Israeli public opinion poll conducted for Israel’s Maariv newspaper, only 27 per cent of Israelis believe that Benjamin Netanyahu is best suited for the position of prime minister.

On the other hand, the poll results indicated that 49 per cent of Israelis believe that the leader of the National Unity party and member of the war cabinet, Benny Gantz, is, however, the most suitable for the role.

According to the poll conducted by Lazar Research on a random sample of 515 Israelis, with an error rate of 4.3 per cent, 24 per cent did not have a specific answer.

The poll also showed the continued advancement of the National Unity party headed by Gantz, given the Likud war headed by Netanyahu.

The poll indicated that if elections were held today, the National Unity party would obtain 39 of the 120 seats in the Knesset, while Likud would obtain 18 seats.

Currently, the Likud party has 32 seats in the Knesset, while National Unity has 12 seats.

The results of the same poll indicated that if Israeli elections were held today, the parties forming the current government would obtain 42 seats, down from 64.

As for the parties opposing Netanyahu, they would win 78 seats, according to the results of the poll. They currently have 56 seats.

The current government comprises the Likud party, United Torah Judaism, Shas, the Religious Zionist Party, Otzma Yehudit and Noam, all right-wing parties.

Although Israel has witnessed several rounds of early elections in recent years as a result of severe internal divisions, the possibility of holding new elections does not appear on the horizon in light of the war it has been waging in the Gaza Strip since 7 October.

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