7% of Israelis like Netanyahu 'a lot' in defense portfolio, poll finds

The poll found that former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz could lead a new party to 16 seats, compared to 28 for Netanyahu's Likud.

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December 16, 2018 20:56
Naftali Bennett (foreground) looks on as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C)

Naftali Bennett (foreground) looks on as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) addresses a weekly cabinet meeting, December 16th, 2018. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 
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Only a third of the public is satisfied with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's performance as minister of defense, according to a Midgam poll broadcast Sunday night on Channel 2.

The poll found that 58 percent of Israelis are unsatisfied with Netanyahu's performance as defense minister, 33% are satisfied and nine percent do not know. That 33% was divided among 26% who said they were somewhat satisfied and only seven percent who said they were very satisfied.

The poll found that former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz could lead a new party to 16 seats, compared to 28 for Netanyahu's Likud and Gantz could win 26 if running together with Yesh Atid, just three less than the 29 Netanyahu's Likud would win in such a scenario.


There was also bad news in the poll for Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, whose Kulanu party would fall from its current 10 to five seats. The poll found that 60% of Israelis are satisfied with his performance as finance minister and only 30% are satisfied.

The Zionist Union would fall from its current 24 seats to 10, according to the poll.

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