As Israel finds itself three weeks into its second lockdown, a new poll reveals that only 31 percent of Israelis trust Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to lead the country in its struggle against the Coronavirus pandemic. That figure is up slightly from last month’s 27 percent but way down from the 57 percent who trusted him at the beginning of the first lockdown in April.
Some 55 percent of respondent believe the PM’s decision to put the country in quarantine again was political.
He is on trial for corruption, breach of trust and fraud.
The survey was conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute.
— AARON LEIBEL
Veteran journalist Aaron Leibel writes for The Jerusalem Post and Washington Jewish week. He is the author of the acclaimed memoir, Figs and Alligators: An American Immigrant’s Life in Israel in the 1970s and 1980s, available from Amazon in Kindle and paperback, Barnes and Noble, and at every local bookstore in the U.S. and Canada.