Israelis Turn Frustrated with Netanyahu

Posted By on November 4, 2014

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) The popularity of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decreased this year, according to a poll by Dialog published in Haaretz. 46 per cent of respondents are dissatisfied with Netanyahus leadership, while 42 per cent are satisfied.

In February 2009, Israeli voters renewed the Knesset. The Likud party, led by Netanyahu, secured 27 seats in the legislature. The far-right Israel Our Home, the Labour party, the International Organization of Torah-observant Sephardic Jews (Shas), United Torah Judaism, and the Jewish Home joined Likud in a coalition. In March, Netanyahu was sworn in as prime minister.

Netanyahu served as prime minister from June 1996 to July 1999, and resigned from Ariel Sharons cabinetwhere he held the finance portfolioafter opposing the "Disengagement Plan."

On Feb. 9, the Iranian government announced it has begun enriching uranium to a higher level than previously disclosed. While Iran maintains that its uranium-enriching operations are only for civilian purposesin this case to produce medical isotopesIsrael accuses the country of wanting to assemble nuclear weapons.

Netanyahu reacted to Irans announcement, saying, "I believe that what is required right now is tough action from the international community. This means not moderate sanctions, or watered-down sanctions. This means crippling sanctions, and these sanctions must be applied right now."

Polling Data

Are you satisfied with the performance of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister?

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Israelis Turn Frustrated with Netanyahu

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