Just today, I was talking to someone who asked:
"Aren't there goint to be elections, soon? It must be close to four years already."
"No, Olmert was just elected ;ate last March, just over half a year ago."
Yes, not only have my neighbors and me more than enough of Ehud Olmert, according to the polls, Poll: Two-Thirds Expect Gov´t To Fall in 12 Months.
(IsraelNN.com) Sixty-seven percent of Israelis think the Olmert administration will not last another 12 months, according to a Dahaf poll published in the Hebrew daily Yediot Aharonot. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has expanded his coalition with Labor, Shas and the Pensioners parties by adding Israel Our Home (Yisrael Beiteinu). The coalition now includes 78 of the Knesset's 120 members.Too bad he doesn't care what the people think. Actually, if he cared about other people, he'd be a better prime minister.
However, almost one third of the respondents think the government will fall in half a year and another third extend its life to one year. The survey was conducted last week, before the new coalition agreement.
Another recent poll discovered:
Disengagement polarized Israel more than Rabin assassination
47.7 percent of the Israeli public believes that the disengagement from Gaza caused the greatest national rift.
According to the poll, only 38.8 percent said Rabin's murder was the most polarizing event in the country's history, with the bombing of the Altalena placing third at 3.6 percent.
There are some disturbing things in this poll, such as
The poll also indicates that the most disliked group within the general population are the Haredim with 37 percent of Israelis stating they dislike them. Far behind are new immigrants from the former Soviet Union (15.2 percent), settlers (12.6 percent)
On the other hand
The poll also asked which group people saw as contributing the most to society – kibbutzniks take the lead with 20.1 percent, followed by settlers (16.2 percent), Tel-Avivians (11.9 percent), immigrants from the former Soviet Union (11.7 percent) and finally Haredim (7.7 percent).
Those results do make sense to me.
I'm not willing to predict when this government will be finished, but I doubt if things will ever be dull.