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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
12/5/2014 (4 years ago)
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Majority of Israelis do not want Netanyahu back

A new survey from the Jerusalem Post has found that a large majority of the Israeli population does not want Benjamin Netanyahu to be re-elected as prime minister.

Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, may have just committed political suicide by calling for March elections.

Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, may have just committed political suicide by calling for March elections.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
12/5/2014 (4 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Israel, Banjamin Netanyahu, Middle East


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The poll was conducted on December 3, just a day after Netanyahu announced new elections.

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An earlier poll suggested that his re-election would be an easy win, and points to what could become a fickle and unpredictable campaign.

Of those polled, 60% responded that they did not want Netanyahu to be re-elected, while only 34% said yes.

However, the poll also revealed that the most popular political party remains the Likud party, to which Netanyahu remains.

"The Netanyahu loyalists, his hardcore, still believe in him," said Ben Caspit, a journalist who works for Ma'ariv, a sister paper of the Jerusalem Post. "The rest of the public, a large number of Israelis, does not want him."

Analysts are saying that foreign policy is what is hurting Netanyahu. Ongoing tensions with Palestinians, a slumped economy and an Israel that feels isolated by the rest of the world have caused many to turn on Netanyahu.

The new poll shows that the election in March of 2015 may be a referendum on Netanyahu's time in office, not an attempt at stabilizing his coalition government, as he had hoped after he fired two top cabinet ministers.

"In recent weeks, including over the last day, Ministers Lapid and Livni sharply attacked the government that I head," Netanyahu said. He fired Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni over several issues, including the potential budget and a law that would declare Israel a Jewish state.

"I will no longer tolerate an opposition within the government."

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