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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Maybe Netanyahu ought to stop attacking Bennett

Prime Minister Netanyahu may want to reconsider his attacks on Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett.
Naftali Bennett's Bayit Yehudi party rose three seats from 11 to 14 in just one week, according to a Smith Research poll conducted Tuesday and Wednesday for The Jerusalem Post and the economic newspaper Globes.
The rise came after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other Likud leaders attacked Bennett for saying his conscience would not permit him as a reserve soldier to evacuate Jews from their homes in Judea and Samaria.
Surprisingly one third of Bayit Yehudi's voters define themselves as secular and forty percent of Bayit Yehudi's support comes from voters 30 and younger. The older voters get, the less likely they are to vote for the party.
“Sometimes the older generation marginalizes the youth of our country saying they are only interested in iPads and video games," said Bayit Yehudi candidate Jeremy Gimpel, who is 14th on the list. "The fact that we are the most popular party among young Israelis is testimony that Israel's next generation is as passionate and Zionist as ever."
According to the poll, the Likud's joint list with Yisrael Beytenu fell to 34 seats from 36 a week ago and 39 two weeks ago. This represents the lowest number of mandates the party received in polls since the Likud merged with Yisrael Beytenu in October.
The poll predicts 18 seats for Labor, 11 for Shas, 10 for Yesh Atid and the Tzipi Livni Party, six for United Torah Judaism, four for Meretz, Hadash and Balad, three for the United Arab List, and two for Am Shalem.
That comes to 69 votes on the Right, 40 on the Left and 11 for the Arab parties. Unless Netanyahu decides he really wants a government with Livni and Yacimovitch. I suspect his self-preservation instinct is too strong for that.


For another reason why Netanyahu might want to stop attacking Bennett, go here

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