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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Keep Status Quo, No Elections Now

IMRA has posted two polls re:elections.  Let's call them poll a and poll b.

I'm no great fan of polls, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't pay any attention to them.

The basic line on both is the same.  Israelis don't want early elections.  As much as people do like to complain, and Jews are great kvetchers, there isn't a politician Israelis can pinpoint as more suited to be Prime Minister than Binyamin Netanyahu aka Bibi.

Who do you think is most qualified to be prime minister of Israel?
Netanyahu 41% Ichimowitz 7% Neither 32% Don't know 20%
Netanyahu 44% Mofaz 6% Neither 27% Don't know 23%
Netanyahu 37% Lieberman 16% Neither 33% Don't know 14%
Netanyahu 41% Olmert 18% Neither 31% Don't know 10%

For a country ruled by coalition governments like Israel is, that's a vote of confidence for Netanyahu. The media may be trying to promote others and new elections, but when you check the polls, it's clear that Bibi will end up putting together a new government even if there are elections, so why bother at this point in time.

Current Knesset seats in [brackets].
27 [27] Likud
17 [13] Labor
16 [15] Yisrael Beiteinu
11 [--] Yeish Atid Party lead by Yair Lapid
09 [11] Shas
07 [28] Kadima
06 [05] Yahadut Hatorah
10 [11] Arab parties
04 [03] Meretz
03 [04] National Union
03 [03] Jewish Home/NRP)
02 [--] Party lead by Arieh Deri
02 [--] Green Party
1.5[--] Ehud Barak Independence Party
1.5[--] New party headed by Rabbi Chaim Amsellem
and another

Current Knesset seats in [brackets].
25 [27] Likud
21 [13] Labor
13 [15] Yisrael Beiteinu
13 [--] Yeish Atid Party lead by Yair Lapid
10 [11] Shas
07 [28] Kadima
06 [04] National Union
04 [05] Yahadut Hatorah
11 [11] Arab parties
04 [03] Meretz
04 [03] Jewish Home/NRP)
02 [--] Ehud Barak Independence Party
Total national camp: 62 Left: 47 Arabs: 11



I think that the faux social justice agitators burnt themselves badly with the self-immolation of one of their supporters.  It's very non-Jewish to do such a thing.  It was a real turn-off.  If they were really suffering financially, then they would be working at any job they could get and not playing around with their shenanigans.

Shabbat Shalom everyone.
Greetings from galut.

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