PM Ehud Olmert
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Alleged operation in Syria boosts Olmert's popularity

Yedioth Ahronoth poll shows 20% of Israelis changed their opinion of the prime minister for the better following reports of IDF flyover in Syria; 32% believe the alleged operation increased possibility of military conflict with Damascus

Reports of the alleged Israeli military operation in Syria have boosted Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's popularity by 10%, a poll conducted by Yedioth Ahronoth and the Dahaf Institute showed.


Asked how they would rate Olmert's management of government affairs, 35% of the respondents said it was "good", as opposed to only 25% who gave the same answer in the previous poll, which was conducted on the eve of Rosh Hashana.


According to the poll, published on Tuesday, 63% of Israelis believe the prime minister's performance is "not satisfactory".


In addition, the poll showed that 20 % of the public changed their opinion of the PM for the better following the alleged operation, while 70% said their opinion of Olmert has not changed. Only 4% of the respondents said their opinion of Olmert has changed for the worse.


The alleged operation in Syria has also boosted the IDF's stance in the public's eyes, with 41% of the respondents saying their faith in the military has increased following the reports of the attack. Only 3% said their faith in the IDF has decreased, while 53% of the respondents said their opinion of the army has not changed.


As to the prospects of a war with Syria, the poll showed that 32% of Israelis believe the alleged operation increased the possibility of a military conflict, while 13% percent believe the operation may decrease the chances of war.


According to the poll, 78% of Israelis supported the government's decision to launch the operation, while only 10% opposed it. 


פרסום ראשון: 09.18.07, 09:05
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