JERUSALEM: According to a poll in the Ma’ariv newspaper, a substantial 80% of Israelis are of the opinion that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should bear responsibility for the security lapses laid bare by the devastating assault on Israel by Hamas on October 7.
Here is the breakdown of the survey conducted by Ma’ariv newspaper.
Survey Results: A poll in the Ma’ariv newspaper indicates that approximately 80% of Israelis believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should take responsibility for the security failures exposed by the recent Hamas assault on Israel.
Security Lapses Acknowledged: The heads of the Israeli army, military intelligence, and the Shin Bet intelligence service have admitted their agencies’ failure in preventing the devastating attack. The assault resulted in the loss of around 1,400 Israeli lives, marking one of the deadliest days in Israel’s history.
Government Leadership Criticized: Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, a member of Netanyahu’s coalition, has criticized both the government’s leadership and the security apparatus for their inability to protect the country.
Netanyahu’s Response: Despite the calls for accountability, Prime Minister Netanyahu has not issued a clear statement of responsibility. He mentioned that a comprehensive investigation into the October 7 attack would be conducted.
Support within Netanyahu’s Party: Even within Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party, 69% of voters believe he should accept responsibility.
Comparing Gantz and Netanyahu: The survey shows that former Defense Minister Benny Gantz, head of an opposition centrist party, is perceived more favorably than Netanyahu.
Of the respondents, 48% believe Gantz would make a better prime minister, while only 28% express a similar opinion about Netanyahu.
Support for Ground Invasion: The poll also reveals that 65% of Israelis are in favor of an anticipated ground invasion by Israeli troops into Gaza.
Survey Details: The poll was conducted on October 18 and 19 and involved 510 respondents. It had a margin of error of 4.3%, as reported by Ma’ariv.