Israel: Netanyahu down in polls as protest resumes

03 August, 11:25

(ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, AUGUST 3 - Israel's Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu of the Likud Party has seen a downfall in popularity in polls as his government has approved this week austerity measures taking a heavy toll on workers, sparking social protests.

According to a survey published by the newspaper Haaretz, 60 percent of Israelis are not satisfied with the prime minister's work, in the most significant downfall in his four years of government. Likud's popularity has also registered a downfall, the poll showed. If elections took place today, Likud would win 25 of the 120 seats in the Knesset - two seats less than in previous elections - while the Labour Party would almost double its number of seats to 21 from its current 11 seats.

Harretz blamed the government's falling popularity to its economic policy and Netanyahu's indecision over the issue of the draft for ultra Orthodox Jews.

The survey comes on the eve of a demonstration tomorrow in Tel Aviv which will see the participation of university students, social activists and pressure groups championing the enrolment of Orthodox Jews in the mandatory military service or at least in community services.(ANSAmed).

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