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Inside Israel, Netanyahu’s poll numbers improving despite US rupture

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu keeps using his well-used method of convincing his right-wing base that he is the only one able to stand up against American pressure.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to supporters through inside a modified truck with a side bulletproof glass during a campaign event on Oct. 29, 2022 in Bnei Brak, Israel.

JERUSALEM — Almost six months into the war in Gaza, opinion polls in Israel indicate a certain recovery in public support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Netanyahu is facing a crisis in confidence among the electorate, which is reflected in polling, despite the fact that his numbers have gone up slightly recently.

The Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) has been monitoring the public's attitudes toward the country’s political and military leadership through in-depth surveys since the start of the war on Oct. 7. Its latest poll results, issued on March 26, suggested a slight increase in support for the prime minister at 32% among the Jewish public. In October, right after the Hamas attack, Netanyahu hit a historic low of 24% and a month later, in November, scored slightly higher at 26.5%. 

A recent poll published by the Maariv newspaper on March 22 shows a slight decrease in public support for Netanyahu’s Likud party, which, according to the poll, would reap 17 Knesset seats if elections were held today, compared to its current 32. Still, public support of Netanyahu himself has not changed and remains steady at 34%. 

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