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Likud's drop in polls raises concerns for next term    Yuval Karni
1. "Wouldn't it be loverly"
A Jerusalemite ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (01.17.13)
2. Thank you. DICTATE was exactly the right term to use... we
are SICK of Bibi the DICTATOR. We vote right and he does as he darn well pleases which is totally against what we voted for. If this is again going to be the case there is no sense in voting Likud at all. We will not get what we voted for. What we want is PLATFORM, we could care less about Bibi and his dictator ego. And if he is against Otzma this proves also... don't vote Likud because he is against the very things we vote for. Bibi the traitor.... your shell games are over.
Am Israel Chai ,   FOREVER   (01.17.13)
3. This is great- Likud has gotten arrogant
Hopefully Jewish Home will do well
Rachel ,   US   (01.17.13)
4. Obama's intervention in elections brings rightist coalition!
Jouko ,   Finland   (01.17.13)
5. If only..
but we're doomed to an electoral system that keeps on allowing minority parties to to make unhealthy deals that give minorities more power than true democracy should allow. The polls are therefore meaningless.
Geepee ,   Tel Aviv   (01.17.13)
6. BiBi we told you there would be a price
for stopping the recent war in Gaza without allowing the army to go in. Bennett will get my vote and HE will dictate his terms over you
Shalom ,   Ashdod, IL   (01.17.13)
7. Netanyahu to blame
In the previous elections, Netanyahu did everything he could to reduce Likud power. These are no different. Instead of pathetic posters of his face with vague slogans of "strong leader" he could have emphasized the excellent ministers and the government achievement. He could have highlighted the dangers of electing Livni, Yehimovitch and Lapid, but instead attacked Bennet, the man Likud voters see as one of them. Either Netanyahu is unaware of the trauma Zionist voters suffered when Sharon stole their votes, or he is intentionally sabotaging Likud.
israel israeli ,   tel aviv   (01.17.13)
8. Not to Worry!!
Polls dropping for Likud Beitenu is the best thing that could be happening for Israel, so please don't let this worry you - for once things are going in the right direction.
Sam ,   Kfar Saba   (01.17.13)
9. Excellent news
First of all the likud government has some notable achievements - on the foreign relations side, the destruction of the ties with Turkey, the empowerment of the Hammas, the UN vote to allow the Palestinians the status of a State, and the nadir in relations with the US. On the domestic front, another four years of subsidizing the Haredim in their bid to multiply themselves so that they can take over our state, another four years of dispair for our young people and the crippling of the middle class. Truly a record to be proud of. What is needed now is a week government that will not last long, while the center left parties function as a real opposition, offering an alternative which will be able to stpe in a moment before we become a pariah state and rescue the country from the incompetence of Netanyahu.
Taxpayer ,   Hod Hasharon   (01.17.13)
10. Bennett has our votes as well Bibi.
Wise Saba ,   Western Negev   (01.17.13)
11. #9 oops
I don't want to embarrass you publically, but I don't know how to contact you privately. January 2009, Erdogan publically humiliates Shimon Peres at Davos, the first shot in Turkey's hostility to Israel. Olmerd was PM until the end of March 2009. Do you want me to correct the rest of your mistakes?
(01.17.13)
12. TO consolidate its message? Which message?
The problem with Likud-Beiteinu' is not the PR but the conflicting and contradictory messages coming from members on its list. With Bibi and Liberman saying one thing and their party members say the exact opposite is it any surprise that they are dropping in the polls? But with 2 parties backing Bibi (but not the Likud) can not be helping.
Eric ,   Tel Aviv & NY   (01.17.13)
13. Voting for left increase power of religious
Somehow I still think that Israelis are more sensible.
Sidney ,   USA   (01.17.13)
14. Whom to vote
I am all time BB supporter but this is the first time I don't know if he is the best choice. BB is good in foreign policies and can stand against world pressure but he has given free hand to haredim and their extorsion. It's like vote for BB to protect our country from foreign destructive powers or vote for him and give haredim power to destroy our country from within....
Jew1 ,   Ashdod   (01.17.13)
15. Israel demands true patriotic right wing leadership.
The reason for the decline of Likud/Beiteinu is easy to explain. Israel is a center right country. Israel votes consistently for rightist Likud led governments. Bibi constantly takes patriotic right wing votes and implements the sick, destructive policies of the left. Israel is fed up with voting right and getting leftist lunacy. Israel demands true patriotic right wing leadership.
Chaim ,   Israel   (01.17.13)
16. Wise saba
Saba it does not seem that you are so wise after all if you vote for Bibi or Bennet cause non of them ever cared for you nor will they. The Negev shows nowhere in their calculations or plans apart from hoping that people like you still won't face that reality and still vote for them.
peter ,   tel aviv   (01.17.13)
17. swing voters can change things & Bibi isn't campaigning
Based on the current polls Bibi can win this election and if he offers Lapid at least a low level ministry like education he will take it giving Bibi a comfortable majority of about 70 seats and with Lapid he has more room to manoeuvre. There are though enough swing voters to give us a Labor, Livn, Lapid, Meretz coalition so its make of break time for Bibi so he needs to get his act together. He needs to be in the streets with his wife talking to people make them feel he cares. Obama won in the end because of Hurricane Sandy where he was seen looking presidential hugging victims and there was no place for Romney and his economic talk. Not attending the Dakar memorial ceremony was a big mistake for Bibi. He could have been seen alone with the sailors remembering the dead getting only good press. Not attending you get criticised for in and it upsets military voters because they feel the PM doesn't care. Likud have handled their campaign badly from the start so now Bibi needs to pull something out the hat and he needs to do it fast.
zionist forever   (01.17.13)
18. #9 There is no "center left bloc"
Shelly and Lapid showed their hostility to the arrogant self-promoting Tzipi, far more than their opposition to Netanyahu. Moreover, Likud-Beiteinu have been losing votes to the Right parties, not to the Left. Sorry to burst your bubble, but you're lving in fantasy land. P.S. Turkey initiated hositility with Israel, when it hosted a VIP Hamas delegation with red carpet treatment. That was a couple of years before the Marmara episode.
Jake   (01.17.13)
19. #8. You're right. the polls are going in the Right direction
Jake   (01.17.13)
20. Really?
'Post' poll: Livni continues free fall, hits 7 seat mark Bayit Yehudi also falls in poll, losing 3 seats since early January; Likud-Beytenu remains steady at 34; Meretz doubles current Knesset allocation, jumps to 6 seats; Labor drops 1 mandate to 17.
Sidney ,   USA   (01.17.13)
21. Somebody is liying to manipulate the people. Ynet news as .
Always is behind this incitement mof panic against the government. I agree with No. 20 JPOST publishes a very different situation I will paste again this poll: 'Post' poll: Livni continues free fall, hits 7 seat mark Bayit Yehudi also falls in poll, losing 3 seats since early January; Likud-Beytenu remains steady at 34; Meretz doubles current Knesset allocation, jumps to 6 seats; Labor drops 1 mandate to 17.
(01.17.13)
22. Likud minus Feiglin Twenty two
Sane Likud Yesh Atid Livni Labor Haredim equals seventy eight.
Zechariah   (01.17.13)
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