Israel Musings January 11, 2013: Polls show Israelis are skeptical of a peace deal and Kerry but trust Netanyahu

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Polls show Israelis are skeptical of a peace deal and Kerry but trust Netanyahu

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Four polls were released this past week in Israel demonstrate how unpopular the Israeli-Palestinians peace talks and United States Secretary of State John Kerry’s involvement is to the Israeli public. On Friday, Jan. 10, 2014….READ MORE
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Full Text Israel Political Brief December 31, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Addresses the 7th Galilee Conference on the Prospects for Peace

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PM Netanyahu Addresses the 7th Galilee Conference

Source: PMO, 12-31-13
יום שלישי כ”ח טבת תשע”ד

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Following is an excerpt from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks, this morning to the 7th Galilee Conference in Tiberias:

“The essence of the difference between us and our neighbors may be seen in one picture. While we are prepared to take very painful steps in an effort to try and reach an agreement that would put an end to the conflict, they, along with their highest leadership, are celebrating. Murderers are not heroes. This is not how one educates for peace. Peace can exist only when the education toward incitement and the destruction of Israel stops. There will be peace only if our security interests and our communities are assured. Peace will be established only when we can defend ourselves by ourselves against any threat.”

Israel Political Brief August 1, 2013: Poll: Slight Boost for Likud, Bayit Yehudi

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Poll: Slight Boost for Likud, Bayit Yehudi

 
Likud, Bayit Yehudi enjoy slight boost in popularity following Israel-PA talks – even as most say Abbas doesn’t want peace.
 

Likud members

Likud members
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A poll taken following the resumption of diplomatic talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has found that the Likud-Beytenu party is enjoying a slight boost in popularity – despite the fact that most Likud supporters say PA Chairman Abbas does not truly want peace.

If elections were held today, Likud Beytenu would receive 33 seats instead of its current 31, according to the survey, which was conducted by Rafi Smith on behalf of Globes….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 21, 2013: Poll: 66% Say Yair Lapid Shouldn’t be Prime Minister

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Poll: 66% Say Lapid Shouldn’t be Prime Minister

Source: Arutz Sheva, 5-21-13

Just a few weeks ago he was the most popular politician in Israel, but according to a new poll released Tuesday, two thirds of Israelis do not believe that Yair Lapid has what it takes to lead the country….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 29, 2013: Poll: Big drop in Israelis who see US President Barack Obama as pro-Palestinian

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Poll: Big drop in Israelis who see Obama as pro-Palestinian

Source: JTA, 3-29-13

The number of Israelis who view President Obama as pro-Palestinian dropped by 20 percent following his first presidential visit to Israel, according to a new poll….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 19, 2013: Jerusalem Post poll: Obama lacks support among Israelis

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‘Post’ poll: Obama lacks support among Israelis

Source: Jerusalem Post, 3-19-13

The poll of 500 Israelis representing a sample of the adult population found that 36 percent considered the Obama administration more pro-Palestinian than pro-Israel, 26% said it was more pro-Israel than pro- Palestinian, and 26% called it neutral….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 6, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu stronger after elections

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Netanyahu stronger after elections

Source: Ynetnews, 2-6-13

Despite the fact that the leftist-liberal media in Israel and the world were salivating over a “weakened” and “rebuked” Netanyahu, in reality he will remain Israel’s prime minister and will lead a right-tilted government….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 18, 2013: Elections 2013: Poll: Center-left bloc could tie Netanyahu-led bloc at 46 seats

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Poll: Center-left bloc could tie Netanyahu-led bloc at 46 seats

Source: JTA, 1-18-13

Israel could see a left-wing coalition to match the right-wing bloc’s 46 projected seats, according to the last poll before Jan. 22 elections….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 18, 2013: Elections 2013: Last Poll Before Election Likud Beiteinu in Lead with 32 Knesset Seats

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Last poll before election  — סקר אחרון לקראת הבחירות

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Israel Political Brief January 11, 2013: Elections 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu maintains comfortable lead in pre-election polls

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Netanyahu maintains comfortable lead in pre-election polls

Source: JTA, 1-11-13

Three Israeli election polls predicted a comfortable victory for Israel’s Likud Beiteinu party in upcoming elections….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 8, 2013: Elections 2013: For PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Being Favored to Win Carries Its Own Risks

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For Netanyahu, Being Favored to Win Carries Its Own Risks

Source: NYT, 1-8-13

The presumption that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel will win another term has led many of his supporters to flirt with smaller parties that cater to special interests….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 28, 2012: Rightest Jewish Home Party Replaces Religious Shas from 3rd Place in polls

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Jewish Home bumps Shas from 3rd slot in polls

Source: JTA, 12-28-12

The rightist Jewish Home party replaced the religious Shas movement as Israel’s third most popular party in two election polls. Read more »

Israel Political Brief December 25, 2012: New poll shows Israel’s leader Benjamin Netanyahu losing altitude

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New poll shows Israel’s leader losing altitude

Source: AP, 12-25-12

Netanyahu Netanyahu, who appeared to be cruising to victory a few weeks ago, suddenly appears vulnerable as national elections approach.(Photo: Gali Tibbon, AP)

Story Highlights

  • Poll shows Netanyahu poised for an election victory but losing support
  • The poll shows a continued surge by the Jewish Home Party
  • Jewish Home Party leader, Naftali Bennett, stirred up a storm last week

A new poll shows Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu poised for an election victory but losing support to a rival who opposes Palestinian statehood.

The Dialog poll gave 35 of parliament’s 120 seats to Netanyahu’s Likud Beiteinu list, indicating he’ll head the next government after the Jan. 22 vote. That’s down from 39 in the previous Dialog survey….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 20, 2012: Poll shows gap between Republicans and Democrats in backing Israel in Gaza

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Poll shows gap between Republicans and Democrats in backing Israel in Gaza

Source: JTA, 11-20-12

A CNN poll showed a considerable gap between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to backing Israel in the current Gaza conflict.

In the CNN poll published Monday, respondents were asked whether “Israel was justified or unjustified in taking military action against Hamas and the Palestinians in the area known as Gaza.” Among Democrats, 40 percent said Israel was “justified,” compared to 74 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of independents.

In all, 57 percent of those polled said Israel was justified in launching the operation in the Gaza Strip.The poll, carried out by ORC International in 1,023 phone interviews from Nov. 16 to Nov. 18, has a margin of error of 3 percentage points….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 19, 2012: Vast Majority of Israelis Approve of Operation Pillar of Defense, Poll Shows

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Vast Majority of Israelis Approve of Operation, Poll Shows

A poll conducted on behalf of a political education group shows that the vast majority of Israelis support Operation Pillar of Defense.

Source: INN, 11-19-12

Barak and Netanyahu
Barak and Netanyahu
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A poll conducted on behalf of an Israeli political education group showed that the vast majority of Israelis supported Operation Pillar of Defense. According to the poll, taken by the Panels organization on behalf of the the Israeli Center for Political Training (ICPT), 85% of Israelis think that the operation against Hamas is a good idea, and expect that it will end with a positive result for Israel….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief October 11, 2012: Haaretz poll: PM Benjamin Netanyahu beats election rivals, right-wing bloc grows stronger

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Haaretz poll: Netanyahu beats election rivals, right-wing bloc grows stronger

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has no serious challenger in the next election, political experts said after he launched the campaign for the 19th Knesset on Tuesday….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 30, 2012: Republicans Likelier Than Democrats to Favor PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Gallup Poll Shows

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Republicans likelier than Democrats to favor Bibi, Gallup poll shows

Source: JTA, 7-30-12

Republicans are twice as likely as Democrats to view Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu favorably, and President Obama’s Jewish support remains steady, according to polling by Gallup….READ MORE

Jewish News Brief June 1, 2012: Workman’s Circle Poll: American Jewish Voters Still Favor Obama Over Romney

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Poll: Jewish Voters Still Favor Obama Over Romney

New poll finds that Obama out-polls Romney by 59 percent to 27 percent among Jewish voters. Economics, not Israel, matters to voters.

Source: Israel National News, 6-1-12

President Barack Obama in Colombia

President Barack Obama in Colombia
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Jewish voters still prefer President Barack Obama over Republican nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new poll released on Thursday by the Workmen’s Circle.

The poll was conducted by a team led by Professor Steven M. Cohen.

Among Jews, the Democratic President out-polls the Republican candidate by 59 percent to 27 percent, with 14 percent undecided. If the undecided voters split similarly, Obama would out-poll Romney by a 68 percent to 32 percent margin among Jewish voters.

The issues driving the Jewish vote, according to the poll, are economic justice including regulating financial institutions, support for progressive taxation, and the argument that government should do more to help the needy.

“These are extremely significant polling numbers. They offer a snapshot of the American Jewish community regarding the values and issues that are the highest priorities, though these are not the issues that are front and center in our communal debate,” Madelon Braun, the president of the Workmen’s Circle, said in a statement Thursday….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 17, 2012: New Poll: Kadima Crashing from 28 to 3 Knesset Seats

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Poll: Kadima Crashing to 3 Knesset Seats

Kadima would crash from 28 Knesset seats to 3 if elections were held today, Knesset Channel poll says.
MK Shaul Mofaz

MK Shaul Mofaz
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Kadima, the largest faction in the present Knesset, would crash from 28 seats to just 3 if elections were held today, according to a new poll conducted by the Panels Institute for the Knesset Channel.

The party was expected to lose much of its power in the next elections but the extremely unfavorable poll appears to be a direct result of the deal that party leader Shaul Mofaz recently made with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, in which Kadima entered the coalition.

Polls held shortly after that deal showed Mofaz losing popularity.

Many of the seats lost by Kadima would go to the newly formed Yesh Atid party headed by journalist Yair Lapid. The poll gives Lapid 17 MKs.

Likud is at 30 Knesset seats, more or less as it has been in other recent polls. Labor reaches 20 seats and becomes the second-largest party.

Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beytenu receives 12 seats, Shas – which currently has 11 – gets only 6, United Torah Judaism stays with the current 5, the National Union climbs to 9 and the Jewish Home receives 3.

Meretz doubles its power to receive 6 seats.

The projection gives the so-called right-religious bloc 62 seats and makes a Likud-coalition with more Lapid likely.

Israel Political Brief May 1, 2012: Obama’s Jewish Numbers On The Rise

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Obama’s Jewish Numbers On The Rise

Source: The NY Jewish Week, 5-1-12

President Obama at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum last month. getty images

President Obama at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum last month. getty images

President jumps to 61 percent of vote from 45
in September, but observers cautious on AJC poll results.

Does President Barack Obama have his Jewish mojo back?

Did the rightward tilt of the Republican presidential primaries, where culture war issues surged to the top of the GOP agenda, scare off potential Jewish voters?

Or is Election Day simply too far in the future for a poll in April to carry much significance?

Those are some of the questions to emerge as analysts dissect the data from the latest opinion poll of American Jews by the American Jewish Committee.

The survey of 1,074 people who identify as Jewish, taken between March 14 and March 27, found that in the prior six months, the president — who has spent much of his term trying to beat back criticism from the Jewish right that he is anti-Israel — has seen his appeal to Jews spike to 61 percent, from 45 percent in September.

And if the election were held today, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee, would receive just 28 percent of the Jewish vote.

Obama’s share of 61 percent is virtually identical with the 62 percent Jewish approval rating found by the Public Religion Research Institute a month earlier. (Those figures are well below the 78 percent he garnered in the 2008 election, but Jews continue to support Obama more than almost any other group in the country). It sampled 1,004 self-identified Jewish adults between Feb. 23 and March 5….READ MORE

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