Nearly twice as many Israelis prefer opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister to current Prime Minister Naftali Bennett or his deputy prime minister Yair Lapid, according to a new poll on Monday.
Forty-five percent of Channel 12 poll respondents said they would like Netanyahu to be prime minister, while only 25 percent preferred Bennett and 24 percent Lapid.
The Bennett-Lapid government, which has struck a deal to share the prime minister’s post, has so far avoided a major scandal during its six months in power – though it includes parties on the right, centrist and leftist. Yet the Israelis still prefer Netanyahu, who was unable to form a coalition after the last election.
Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tore his likely replacement, Naftali Bennett, to pieces in a speech to Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, on Sunday afternoon ahead of the vote to confirm Israel’s new government. https://t.co/eMsY9m4iPz
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Forty-three percent of those polled prefer the previous government led by Netanyahu, while 36 percent prefer the current government.
However, the poll also showed that if an election were to take place today, Netanyahu would still not have the necessary seats to form a government.
Respondents were also asked to give their approval rating of current ministers.
Surprisingly, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, whose political career was cut short following his own rotation deal with Netanyahu, received the highest rating, with 55% satisfied with his overall performance, compared to 33%. dissatisfied.