Hostage Crisis, Poll

Majority of Israelis: Netanyahu prefers political survival to hostage deal

A new survey shows that a majority of the public thinks that Netanyahu's political survival is more important to him than the release of hostages. 

Binyamin Netanyahu (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

According to a survey published last evening (Tuesday) on Channel 13, a majority of the public (56%) believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu's political survival is more important to him than a hostage deal. 30% said a release is more important to Netanyahu than his political survival, and 14% said they weren't sure.

In addition, according to the poll, the Likud would receive 19 Knesset seats if elections were to be held today, Yesh Atid would end up with 15, and Otzma Yehudit 12. Shas and Yisrael Beytenu would get 10 apiece.

United Torah Judaism remains at 7 seats, Religious Zionism and Ra'am both get 6, and Hadash - Ta'al with 5.

Gideon Sa'ar's United Right party, as well as Meretz, Labour, and Balad fail to pass the voting threshold.

Other questions, including ones about a possible hostage deal, were also asked.

Should Israel agree to the deal signed by Hamas?

44% of the survey participants answered that Israel should "Disagree," 41% answered "Yes" and 15% said they "Don't know." Asked if they believe Netanyahu wants to get a hostage deal done, 44% answered "No," 41% said "Yes," and 15% answered "I don't know."

Do you think an extensive operation in Rafah will achieve absolute victory?

52% of the survey participants answered "It won't," 30% answered "It will," and 18% said they "Don't know." Asked whether Gantz and Eisenkot should leave the government, 40% of the survey participants answered "Stay," 34% said "Withdraw" and 26% said they "Don't know."

Should the Chief of Staff and head of the Shin Bet be allowed to conduct a new round of army appointments in lieu of the Oct. 7th debacle?

44% of the survey participants answered "No", 31% answered "Yes" and 25% said they "Aren't sure." Asked if it is appropriate for Netanyahu and Gallant to appoint the next head of the Shin Bet and Chief of Staff, 46% said it "Wasn't," 28% answered that "It was" and 26% answered that they "Don't know."

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