As electioneering, it was a failure?
So much for the Prime Minister's expected bounce in the polls as a result of his address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday: Channel 2 is reporting that it was 'modest
' at best.
Channel 2 news said Netanyahu’s Likud party had increased its likely
support by one seat in the parliament. On rival Channel 10, Likud had
gained two seats to tie its main challenger.
In answer to Channel 2’s question, “Did the speech strengthen or weaken
support for Netanyahu?” 44 percent of the respondents said it
strengthened support, 43 percent said it had no influence, and 12
percent said it weakened support for the premier.
Israeli political analysts had predicted that Netanyahu and Likud would
probably see at least a small bump in support after he warned U.S.
lawmakers to reject President Obama’s draft deal to curb Iran’s nuclear
It is too soon to know whether any electoral boost that Netanyahu gains from the speech will be sustained.
The real scrum of the election has just begun.
Likudniks are hoping the boss’s address to Congress will pull them
ahead of their main challenger, Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog and his
running mate, former justice minister and peace negotiator Tzipi Livni,
who are running under the banner of the Zionist Union.
Herzog and the Zionist Union plan to hammer away on the theme that
Netanyahu’s address to Congress may do nothing to change the Iran
nuclear deal but has spoiled relations with Washington.
Israeli newspapers and TV were filled Wednesday with images of House
Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi looking vexed during Netanyahu’s address.
“I was near tears throughout the prime minister's speech — saddened by
the insult to the intelligence of the United States,” Pelosi said
You don't think the newspapers and TV are pulling for Herzog, do you?
Labels: Binyamin Netanyahu, Iranian nuclear threat, Israeli media bias, joint session of Congress, Nancy Pelosi, Tzipi Livni, Yitzchak Herzog