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Over half of Israelis unsatisfied with Netanyahu’s response to housing protest

Haaretz poll shows 87% of Israelis support housing price protests. Most believe protest will lead to lowering of prices.

by Haaretz Staff

July 25, 2011 | 5:08 pm

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during an office call in Jerusalem. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien/Released)

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during an office call in Jerusalem. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien/Released)

More than half the population is unhappy with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the tent protest, according to a Haaretz poll conducted yesterday. The poll also shows that an overwhelming majority of the public supports the protest and believes it stems from real distress.

Figures from the poll indicate that if elections were held today, both Kadima and Likud would lose four Knesset seats, while Labor would double its parliamentary strength.

Shas, the poll shows, would gain three Knesset seats, Yisrael Beiteinu would lose one and Ehud Barak’s Atzmaut faction would not make it into the Knesset. Meretz would gain one Knesset seat, while Hadash and Ra’am-Taal would remain with the same number they have at present.

Asked whether the tent protest stemmed from real distress or was a political protest against the government, 81 percent of the respondent replied that it stems from real distress, while 87 percent said they supported the protest.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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