Mon 04 Mar 2024 5:44 am - Jerusalem Time

Poll in Israel: The majority believes that political survival is pushing Netanyahu to prolong the war

An opinion poll conducted by Israeli Channel 13 showed that 53% of Israelis believe that political survival is what is pushing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to prolong the war in the Gaza Strip.

The poll showed that if the elections were held today, Benny Gantz's party, a member of the Israeli war government, would obtain 39 seats, compared to 17 for the Likud Party led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The poll also showed that opposition leader Yair Lapid will get 12 seats, while Defense Minister Yoav Galant will get 9 seats if he withdraws from the Likud Party and forms a new list.

On the other hand, the head of the far-right "Israel Our Home" party, Avigdor Lieberman, said on Sunday that the Israeli government has reached its end, considering that getting rid of its president, Benjamin Netanyahu, represents a reward for the Israelis.

Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper quoted Lieberman as saying that the government has exhausted itself and is finished, referring to the differences between the members of the war council.

Israeli Army Radio quoted Lieberman as saying, “I expect Benny Gantz, Minister of the War Council and head of the State Camp party, to announce that this government is over and that we need to return to the voters.”

In recent months, Israeli reports have reported deep disagreements between the political level (government) in Israel and the Israeli army, due to the government’s management of the war and its post-war plan in the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu is subject to widespread criticism in Israeli circles, against the backdrop of his government's failure to predict in advance the attack of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) on the settlements surrounding the Gaza Strip on the morning of last October 7, and his handling of the issue of detainees in the Gaza Strip.

Since that day, Israel has waged a devastating war on the Gaza Strip, leaving tens of thousands of victims, most of them children and women, according to Palestinian and UN data, which led to its appearance before the International Court of Justice on charges of committing genocide for the first time since its founding in 1948.

Source: Al Jazeera


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Poll in Israel: The majority believes that political survival is pushing Netanyahu to prolong the war