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Survey finds deep divisions، displeasure with Israeli leaders

Tuesday 12/December/2017 - 08:19 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
Israeli Democracy Index finds 45% of population believes the country's democratic system of government is in serious danger، though there are stark differences between left and right wing; 68% agree Knesset members do not perform their duties properly، as Ynet reports.
With the prime minister facing a slew of corruption allegations، the peace process at a standstill and the government seemingly moving to stifle critics، it is no secret that Israel is a deeply polarized nation. But a new survey released on Tuesday shows just how divided the country has become.
The annual Israeli Democracy Index found that 45 percent، or just under half of Israelis، believe the country's democratic system of government is in serious danger. But the survey found very different sentiment among different parts of the population.
Just 23 percent of Jewish right-wing and religious voters، the base of support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government، fear that Israel's democracy is in danger. Yet among Jewish left-wing voters found in the opposition that number jumps to 72 percent، even higher than the 65 percent of Arab citizens of Israel who feel that way.
Netanyahu's government، which took office in 2015، is dominated by religious and nationalist parties، many of whom have taken an increasingly hard line against perceived critics of the government.

Culture Minister Miri Regev، for example، has moved to block funding to theaters that produce plays critical of the government or that refuse to perform in West Bank settlements. In recent months، Netanyahu and his supporters have responded to various corruption investigations by attacking Israel's media، law enforcement، judiciary and other so-called "elites" he believes are bent on his removal.

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