26% of public believes Netanyahu would be best PM

Over a quarter of the Israeli public - 26 percent - believes that Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu is the best person to serve as prime minister right now, a Channel 2 poll reported Monday evening, some four hours after the Winograd Committee into the failures of the Second Lebanon War released its findings to the public. Far behind Netanyahu were Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni with 9%, Ehud Barak (6%), Labor MK Ami Ayalon (5%), and Vice Premier Shimon Peres (4%.) Israel Beitenu chair Avigdor Lieberman was the choice of only three percent of the public to take over the reins, billionaire Arkady Gaydamak had the support of two percent, and one percent of those polled believed that Defense Minister Amir Peretz was the best person to serve as prime minister.