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Friday, January 31, 2014

Jewish Home gets positive bounce from Bennett's non-apology

A new poll indicates that the Jewish Home party got a positive bounce from party leader Naftali Bennett's non-apology to Prime Minister Netanyahu. This is from the first link.
Bayit Yehudi sources continued to insist that Economy Minister Naftali Bennett did not apologize to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu following the latter’s ultimatum, as the party got a five-seat boost in polls on Thursday.

“The ultimatum [apologize or be fired from the cabinet] did not influence Bennett. He just didn’t want to insult Netanyahu.

His goal was not to disrespect the prime minister, and he fixed things responsibly,” Bayit Yehudi faction chairwoman Ayelet Shaked said.


Meanwhile, a Knesset Channel- Panels poll – conducted in part before and in part after Bennett said he did not mean to offend Netanyahu – showed Bayit Yehudi jumping from 12 to 17 Knesset seats (out of 120) if an election were held now.

Likud Beytenu dropped one seat in the poll, to 30, followed by Labor going from 15 to 19.

Yesh Atid would drop from 19 to 12 seats, Meretz would gain five seats for a total of 11, Shas would go down to seven, and United Torah Judaism stayed as-is with seven. Hatnua, Hadash and Balad each got four seats, followed by the United Arab List- Ta’al at three and Kadima staying at its current two.
This article has a lot of references to Likud ministers criticizing Netanyahu on the same grounds as Bennett did, but the truth is that with the notable exception of Moshe Feiglin, criticism of Netanyahu within his own party has been subdued. There's a lesson here for those Likud MK's - who comprise a majority of the Knesset faction - who are not happy with where Netanyahu is trying to take the country with the 'peace process.' Speak up and you will be rewarded. 

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