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Netanyahu not popular, not likeable but electable.

More than 60 percent of Israeli voters think Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will return to office, according to a poll published Saturday by Channel 10.

The results are totally opposite the impression promoted by foreign and local anti-Netanyahu media the past week that his popularity has dropped to as low as 23 percent.

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Netanyahu was very popular during the Protective Edge war against Hamas last summer. Once it was over and Israelis went back to fighting each other instead of the enemy, his rating plummeted, which is par for the course.

It is not surprising the Prime Minister is not popular because he does not have panaceas for security and gimmicks for the economy, the top issues that worry Israeli voters even more than a soccer game.

When Labor party chairman Yitzchak Herzog and his new has-been partner Tzipi Livni speak of magic potions like the Peace Process and social justice unto the ears of the People of Israel, they become very popular, temporarily.

The poll by Channel 10, which last week announced that Netanyahu’s popularity rating was only 23 percent, showed that 62 percent of Israelis think Netanyahu will return as Prime Minister after the elections in March,

More astounding, no one else came nearly as close. Number two, so to speak, was Herzog, whom only 15 percent thought will lead the next coalition.

Herzog and Livni simply do not have Netanyahu’s success and ability to communicate.

The center-left, buoyed by the media, can fool themselves into thinking they will dump Netanyahu, but the Channel 10 poll shows the voters prefer someone they do not like and  on whom they can depend rather someone who they like but is acting out the part.

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

28 COMMENTS

  1. I have a group of people fervently checking PM Netanyahu;s birth records. Convinced, I am, that he was born in the United States of America, that Israel should deport him to the US, and that he should run for President of my country in 2016……. seriously, Israel is so lucky to have his dedication and courage. Would that America had such a leader.

  2. How about deporting Obama to Kenya instead? Netanyahu was born in the US. Ask Ron Dermer, current ambassador of Israel to the US from NJ aout when he went to the US embassy to turn in his passport as he was becoming part of Israel' government. He went with Bibi who had been through it before.. Netanyahu looks better from the outside 🙂

  3. Bibi is the best man for the Job of PM. He has the experience and the expertise. No other Israel politician has the wherewithal to be a successful PM. Bibi understands the complexities.

    The likes of Livni. And Herzog are narcissistic and just out for the salary plus perks.

  4. I am a member of the Likud and I will be voting for Moshe Feiglin for leader of the party in the upcoming primaries. The commenter who said that there were elections in 2013 for a four-year term is correct, but the Knesset recently voted to dissolve itself and elections will be held ahead of schedule this coming March 17. Bibi will most likely be re-elected, especially with Livni helping him with her coarse behavior. But after we finish voting, the parties will very likely ignore our votes when it comes time to form a coalition. For those outside of Israel and unfamiliar with Israeli politics, Israel has a parliamentary system, but unlike Britain, no single party in Israel's 66-year history has ever gained a majority in the election. Not even once. Hence every Israeli government has been a coalition.

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