Following a week in which Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of genocide and US president Barack Obama’s administration condemned Israel for building in its capital, a poll broadcast Thursday found both unpopular among Israelis.
A Panels poll broadcast on the Knesset Channel found that only 27 percent of Israelis consider Abbas a worthy partner for peace talks. Sixty-three percent said he was not a worthy partner.
Asked whether they trusted Obama to manage US policy in the Middle East, 74% said not and 21% said yes.
Only 25% said they would characterize the president as a “true friend of Israel.” Sixty-two percent said they would not.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu fared considerably better in the poll. It found that if elections would be held today, his Likud party would rise from 19 seats to 27.
Bayit Yehudi would be the second-largest party with 18 seats, followed by Labor with 16, Yesh Atid with 10, Yisrael Beytenu and Meretz tied at nine, United Torah Judaism with eight, Shas with seven, Hatnua with four, Hadash five, United Arab List four, and Balad three.
The party being formed by former welfare minister Moshe Kahlon was not included in the poll.
The poll found that the right-wing bloc would rise from the current Knesset’s 61 seats to 69. The Left would fall from its current 59 to 51.
via The Jerusalem Post