Survey: Political Right Gaining Voters, Most Oppose Freeze
A survey conducted by the Dachaf polling company for Israel's Channel 2 News has revealed that a clear majority of Israelis would like to see the government allow Jews to build in Judea and Samaria, and oppose a continuation of the 10-month construction freeze. The Palestinian Authority, with backing from the United States, is demanding that Israel continue the freeze and has left the long sought negotiations because of the issue.
54% of respondents rejected the demand and said Israel should continue to build, while only 39% said Israel should freeze construction a second time in order to ensure that talks continue.
The poll also showed the political Right gaining power in comparison to the Left. If elections were held today, the Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu block would have a total of 41 seats compared to 36 for Kadima and Labor. Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu currently have a total of 42 seats to 41 total for Kadima and Labor, with Kadima actually having one more MK than Likud.
However, while the Left as a whole has lost votes, this is not a uniform loss for each left oriented party. Kadima, which calls itself centrist, gained popularity, with respondents giving the party 25% support, or 30 seats. Likud would have won 27 seats, the poll found. Kadima currently has 28 seats, while Likud has 27.
The increase in support for Kadima, comes at the expense of Labor, which pollsters found would receive only 6 seats. The party currently has 14 seats, but it seems from the poll that some would not stay in the left affiliated parties..
MK Aryeh Eldad (Ichud Leumi – National Union) called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to pay attention to the survey. “Netanyahu needs to stop being afraid, and stop giving in to Barak's extortion. Barak has no influence in the Knesset. If Netanyahu gives in to pressure and enticement from America, he will lose public support and will share Barak's fate,” he stated.