Poll: Halutz, Peretz and Olmert Must Go

A poll released Tuesday night showed that the Israeli public is thoroughly dissatisfied with the current government leadership.

Hana Levi Julian , | updated: 11:08 PM

The majority of respondents think the IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz and Defense Minister Amir Peretz should resign their posts, according to a Geocartography poll.

Most Israelis also think that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert should either step down or call new elections, according to the poll, which was reported on the television program "Politics."

Only 17% of Israelis believe that Halutz should continue to head the Israel Defense Forces. Support for Peretz was not much better: a bare 15% of those surveyed thought he should remain as Defense Minister.

Similarly, more than half of the respondents - 53% - said Olmert should resign his post or call new elections.

Former National Security Council head Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Giora Eiland said it “will be difficult” for Halutz to remain in office, given the numbers. Speaking on Channel 1 TV, Eiland said the rank-and-file soldiers have lost respect for Halutz, leaving him in a position of power without respect.

Eiland served as a close advisor to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.