52% of Israelis prefer Ya’alon as Defense Minister

Knesset poll reveals that a majority of Israelis do not think Lieberman is suitable for his new governmental role.

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Yisrael Beytenu chairperson Avigdor Liberman's imminent entry to the coalition government has been evoking varied responses in Israel.

According to a Knesset Channel Poll released on Thursday, 52% of respondents said that they prefer Moshe Ya’alon (Likud) as Minister of Defense versus 31% for Liberman.

Moreover, 63% said that they would not like to see Liberman return to the Foreign Ministry.

As for the outgoing Defense Minister, 35% said Yaa’lon should take Liberman’s old position and become the Foreign Minister.

Others believe that he should take control of the Communications Ministry (11%) or Minister of the Economy (7%) - portfolios currently held by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Additionally, 40% of respondents were in favor of expanding the current coalition while 34% were against it.

With that, 48% prefer to see Liberman join the coalition, 33% prefer Zionist Union chairperson Yitzchak Herzog, and 15% prefer neither.