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Poll: Only 4% of Israeli Jews find Netanyahu reliable source on Gaza war

According to a recent survey, only 4% of Israeli Jews see Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a reliable source of information for the Israel-Hamas war.
TOPSHOT - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the budget session at the parliament in Jerusalem on May 23, 2023. (Photo by GIL COHEN-MAGEN / AFP) (Photo by GIL COHEN-MAGEN/AFP via Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's credibility has hit rock bottom with less than 4% of Jewish Israelis trusting him as a reliable source of information, according to a new poll published Tuesday by Bar-Ilan University researcher Gal Yavetz.

The poll of 505 Jewish Israelis, conducted by Bar-Ilan University with the survey company iPanel four weeks after the Oct. 7 Hamas attack, examined patterns of information consumption by Israelis during the current conflict and which sources of information the Israeli public trusts the most. According to Israel's Bureau of Statistics, 27% of Israelis are non-Jewish.

The survey showed that Netanyahu is considered a reliable source of information by less than 4% of the people polled. Divided according to political camps, only 6.63% of people identifying with right wing camp trust Netanyahu as a reliable source of information. 

In contrast, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson Daniel Hagari, who has been communicating regularly since Oct. 7 via social media and frequent press conferences both in Hebrew and in English, topped the list, as 73.7% of the people polled singled him out as the most trustworthy source of information. Hagari’s X account currently has over 73,000 followers. 

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