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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Polls against Olmert's convergence consolidation realignment surrender and expulsion plan

Two polls conducted for Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu party show that some 70% of Israelis are against Ehud Olmert's convergence consolidation realignment surrender and expulsion plan.

According to the polls,which were conducted by Shvakim Panorama under the supervision of American strategist Arthur Finkelstein, some 65-70 percent of those who backed last summer’s Gaza disengagement object to the West Bank withdrawal plan, and that that 70 percent of Israelis who backed the Gaza pullout would have been against it today. Can we have a nice, loud (but too late) "I told you so."

The polls also revealed that Labor is losing strength, with many of those who voted for Defense Minister Comrade Amir Peretz’s party defecting to other parties. Senior Labor officials said that disappointment can be detected among those who voted for the party in the last elections.

Many respondents viewed Olmert as a weak prime minister, and only a small percentage said they consider Peretz to be a success as defense minister.

The vast majority of those who took part in the survey responded negatively to the question “do you feel safe in the country?” and Finkelstein said the reason this discontent has not been expressed in a major loss of mandates by both Kadima and Labor is attributed to the fact that no security-related catastrophe has occurred (and that no new elections have been held yet).

If these kinds of numbers continue, it will just be a matter of time until the "preserve my seat" instinct starts coming out and the two ruling parties start to disintegrate.

Faster, faster!

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