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Wednesday’s Poll: Bennett Gets 15 Seats at Likud’s Expense

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

The Likud’s aggressive campaign against HaBayit HaYehudi and its chairman Naftali Bennett is working like a boomerang against Netanyahu’s party, according to a new poll conducted for Walla by TNS Teleseker. If elections were conducted today, according to this poll, Jewish Home, the successor of historic NRP, would be clearing 15 seats, while Likud-Beiteinu would be cropped down to 35 seats (from its current 42). These are the only significant changes in this poll, leaving all the rest of the contender about where they were on Sunday.

In other words, as we’ve suggested last week, Bennett benefited from the attacks on him by TV’s Nissim (“Beast”) Mishal, followed by stern rebukes from the left and the right, but, most emphatically from Likud – have worked in Bennett’s favor. Asked if he would refuse a command to evict a Jew from his home, Bennett answered in the negative – forcing Netanyahu et al to position themselves to his left. And the folks at home, many of whom could be subject to just such an eviction notice from the next government, got the message.

Shas maintains its 10 seats in today’s poll, and Torah Judaism, likewise, retains its 6 seats (up from the current 5). Labor stays at 18. Lapid takes 10 and Livni 11 – a slight rise for both compared to the earlier poll conducted by Mina Tzemach, but they continue to claim a 20-seat block together.

Power to Israel, Kadima and Rabbi Amsalem are all out, their votes absorbed both by Livni-Lapid and Bennett.

It’s important to note that Netanyahu’s current sluggish performance is being made even worse because of his decision to run on the same list with his former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman. Of the 35 seats Likud-Beiteinu captures in today’s poll, only 22 report to him, and 13 are commanded by his partner—who’s having his own headaches with the prosecution. This is a net drop of 5 seats for Likud from their current 27.

Naftali Bennett speaking to mostly secular students at the Technion in Haifa. Bennett's message is reaching young, secular voters. Photo: Jewish Home.

Naftali Bennett speaking to mostly secular students at the Technion in Haifa. Bennett’s message is reaching young, secular voters. Photo: Jewish Home.

Despite’s Bennett’s success, overall, today’s poll marks a drop for the right, to 50 seats, and a rise for the left to 43. The Haredim stay at 16 and the Arabs at 11.

Two choices emerge from today’s poll for a Netanyahu-led coalition government:

One: (we like OK) would include Labor and Jewish Home, which could co-exist as long as Labor maintains its mild pro-settlements stance. It gives Netanyahu a solid 68 seat majority, and as long as he keeps Labor away from Treasury, he could rule with relative ease (well, with relative stability).

Two: (we like even better) would combine Netanyahu with the Haredim and Jewish Home, for a solid, right-wing (if you can call Shas right-wing) coalition of 66.

Three: (we hate) Netanyahu goes with the Haredim and Labor, gives them all the concessions they feel entitled to, reverses some of his economic policies at the expense of the country’s fiscal well being, and starts chopping away at the settlements – to guarantee for himself U.S. and European support over Iran.

Frankly, the only way to avoid the last option—which is, actually, the classic Likud choice over the past few decades—is to up Jewish Homes take even more. To do that, Bennett would have to appeal to the non-religious Israelis. And while his program is quite interesting and innovative on issues close to the heart of the secular, Bennett would have to get over their prejudices and speak to them directly, over the heads of the media.

It can be done. On Monday – four days after Bennett’s statement on refusal to evict –the very secular agricultural high school Eshel Hanasi held its mock elections and 1,022 students from the elite of the Moshav movement in the south gave 18 percent of their votes to Likud-Beiteinu, same as they did Yair Lapid’s party. But the big winner was the Jewish home, with 37 percent.

Will Naftali Bennett’s ‘Broken Chip’ Kill the Hopes of a Million Voters?

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Jewish Home Party Chairman Naftali Bennett on Saturday night assembled a press conference at his party headquarters in Petah Tikva, following “controversial” remarks he had made on Thursday, that, should he receive an order to evacuate a Jew from his home, “my conscience will not allow it. I would ask my commander to release me.”

At the press conference, Bennett insisted that he did not support conscientious objection.

“I do not call for disobedience and I never called for refusing orders,” Bennett said. “I’ve been serving as warrior for 22 years, and fought in all of Israel’s wars. I never called for refusing orders. In the Likud they pounced on my words, twisted them and created a false image. I spoke from my heart’s blood, and I do not apologize for what I said.”

So far, had Bennett stopped right there, I would have said he received really bad advice, but at least had the good sense not to ruin whatever positive image he had created during his clash with the bestial Nissim Mishal, a yarmulke wearing television host who makes Mike Wallace look like Charlie Rose.

Mishal ambushed Bennett, attacked him personally in condescending tones, practically cursed him out, cut him off whenever Bennett disagreed with the charges against him, and when in doubt, turned to a team of “experts,” each of whom had his or her own biased, aggressive pack of “research” to dump on the candidate.

Israeli Television has some beautiful, touching shows that are a marvel of artistic achievement. Nissim Mishal’s show is a pit stop on the information highway. Bennett didn’t have a friend in the room – and he held his own quite well. He could have scored higher had he watched more Moshe Feiglin tapes – unlike Feiglin, Bennett appeared like he was actually trying to persuade his host to listen to him. Feiglin has long ago decided that his hosts, by definition, are knife wielding assassins, working for his enemies, and so he speaks over their heads, directly to the audience.

Still, Bennett scored a solid 7 or 8 out of 10 for his overall appearance. Towards the very end of the torturous interview, Mishal asked Bennett if, as a major in the army, he would carry out an order to evacuate Jews – and you’ve read his answer above.

It was a great answer, which all his enemies immediately took out of context, to mean that Bennett was advocating that it was a good thing for soldiers to refuse an order. Hence the press conference Saturday night.

I thought the press conference was unnecessary, especially not on a Saturday night, right after Shabbat. It’s called letting the other side define you. If they call you names, that’s OK, they’re your enemies. But if they call you name and you drop everything to tell the press you don’t deserve those names – you inevitably look like you might deserve at least some of what they’re saying.

If you take your time, and then decide which unique manner of response suits you, and you stick to your own script, rather than change it in order to answer the other side’s accusations – then you haven’t let them define you.

So Bennett committed the first error of a novice by calling the press conference. But it looked like he was coming out of it without losing too many points – when he picked up a piece of paper and read:

“…But I’m a public leader, and now I will say it clearly: a command to uproot a Jewish community is a fatal blow to the most basic human rights, placing soldiers in a dilemma. It is a tough dilemma and cannot be swept under the rug.”

OK, not so bad, I thought, he’s restating what he had told Mishal, something for the press to take home – we might be out of the woods.

And then he said, in the serious tone of a politician who had been drilled by his advisers that he had to say it, had to eat the stinking fish, read it from the paper in his hands:

“But in the end, when push comes to shove, a soldier must fulfill military orders.”

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