A majority of the Jewish public supports the three key pieces of legislation that passed last week in the Knesset, according to a Gal Hadash poll published over the weekend in Israel Hayom.All these polls and referendum talks remind me of an early part of the Purim Megilla, aka Megillat (Scroll of) Esther in which King Achashveros asks his advisers what to do when his Queen Vashti refuses to appear at his whim, beck and call.
The public backed the electoral reform package that raised the electoral threshold to 3.25 percent, the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) conscription bill, and the referendum legislation, the survey of 500 respondents representing a statistical sample of the Jewish population found.
The most popular of the three was the referendum bill, which would require asking the public before signing a deal to give up land inside pre-1967 Israel or land to which Israeli law has been applied since then. The bill is supported by 70.7% of the population and only 17% oppose it. The percentage saying they did not know was 12.3%.* (emphasis mine)
Sixty-one percent support the conscription bill, while 22.9% oppose it and 16.1% did not know.
When asked whether they supported raising the electoral threshold from 2% to 3.25%, 55.6% answered affirmatively, 15.5% said no and 28.9% did not know.
That same King Achashverosh also gave his full authority to Haman to facilitate the Holocaust murder of all the Jewish People, from babies to the elderly. When Achashverosh realized that would put his Queen Esther in danger he didn't even have the authority to cancel the edict, so he had to give the Jewish People via Mordechai the authority to fight Haman's soldiers.
A king/ruler/government should have principles and take the lead. Rulers who are constantly polling their subjects are no wiser than King Achashverosh.