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Bennett-Lapid government unpopular, but elections would end in another deadlock

Recent survey shows that most Israelis prefer the previous government

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid during a vote on the state budget at the assembly hall in the Israeli parliament, Sep. 2, 2021. (Photo: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

After six months in office for the new Israeli government, a poll shows that the coalition is unpopular, however new elections would not solve the problem either.

A survey published earlier this week on Channel 12 found that most Israelis preferred the previous government, but a new election would not result in an alternative government.

Israel was locked in a cycle of elections for two years as former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was unable to form a stable government despite winning the most seats. He still comes out ahead according to the poll: 45% of those surveyed said they would like Netanyahu to be prime minister, compared to only 25% who prefer Prime Minister Naftali Bennett or 24% who prefer alternate-Prime Minister Yair Lapid.

Nevertheless, both Netanyahu and the current coalition would win 57 seats and either one would be dependent on the Joint List, the Arab parties.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz received the best rating with 55% satisfied with his performance.

The survey was conducted by pollster Manu Geva and included 509 respondents and had a 4.4% margin of error.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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