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Israelis don’t believe Netanyahu، but see no alternative

Tuesday 26/September/2017 - 06:05 PM
Sada El Balad
Sima Kadmon
On one hand، most Israelis reject Netanyahu’s version that he’s innocent and believe he should resign if indicted. On the other hand، he is considered best suited to be prime minister. Special New Year survey also shows Israelis are more concerned about cost of living than about security situation، and 86 percent are satisfied with their personal situation.
In case you didn’t know، you’re happy—or at least content. Next time you chat with your friends، remember you must stop complaining. Yes، you’re content.
According to a special poll conducted last week by Dr. Mina Tzemach and Mano Geva among 533 people، who make up a representative sample of Israel’s adult population، 86 percent rated their personal situation as “good،” “very good” or “excellent،” and nearly half of them (49 percent) chose the higher levels—“excellent” and “very good.” Only 10 percent of the population said their situation was “bad،” “very bad” or “extremely bad.”
As a side note، there is no difference between men and women in this satisfaction index and it has nothing to do with the respondent’s age.
There appears to be a correlation between our satisfaction with the situation in Israel and our feelings regarding our personal situation. Seventy-one percent of Israelis rate the security situation as good to excellent، and 53 percent say the same about the economic situation. The social situation، however، is not as good (only 42 percent rate is as good to excellent، compared to 55 percent who believe it is bad to extremely bad).
Nevertheless، in a country with so many protests—from the disabled to the anti-corruption demonstrations outside the attorney general’s house—where young people are unable to buy an apartment and are forced to increasingly rely on their parents، where the poverty index increases every year and the security threats grow، who would have thought we would still be so content?
When the respondents were asked to choose the State of Israel’s most serious problem، there was no unanimity. The cost of living came in first، selected by 30 percent of respondents. It was followed، way behind، by the security situation (17 percent)، the gaps between rich and poor (15 percent)، housing prices (12 percent)، tensions between rightists and leftists (9 percent) and tensions between religious and secular Jews (8 percent).
The most interesting figure is a decisive response to Culture Minister Miri Regev، who made quite a contribution this year to the incitement between Sephardim and Ashkenazim in Israel: Only 1 percent of the public believe that the tensions between Ashkenazim and Sephardim are the State of Israel’s most serious problem، which only goes to show that while the Israeli public doesn’t consider the ethnic demon a real problem، it serves as a tool in the hands of politicians or other interested parties.
f there’s one issue the majority clearly agrees on it’s the equal share of the burden. The secular Israeli public won’t accept the fact that the ultra-Orthodox aren’t sharing the security burden. Seventy percent of respondents are in favor of drafting Haredim into the IDF، only 20 percent are against it، and 10 percent haven’t made up their minds.
But when it comes to the High Court of Justice، which recently struck down a law postponing Haredi draft، 46 percent of the public believe the court is overstepping its authority by cancelling laws enacted by the Knesset، while 39 percent disagree.
An even more alarming figure is that 50 percent of the Israeli public see the need for legislation to restrict the High Court’s authority. In other words، they are in favor of the law planned by Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to “restore balance” between Israel’s three legislative branches that would essentially enable the government to bypass High Court rulings.
The political arena offers some significant changes. According to Tzemach and Geva’s Rosh Hashana survey، the right-wing camp—which include the Likud، Kulanu، Bayit Yehudi and Yisrael Beytenu parties—is losing support: From 54 seats in the current Knesset to only 50 seats according to the poll.

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