Israelis divided on shock coalition deal: polls (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 05/09/12)
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Israelis are divided on premier Benjamin Netanyahu´s move to form a
shock coalition government with the Kadima opposition party and scrap
plans for early elections, several polls showed on Wednesday.
Netanyahu and Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz announced their decision to
go into government together early on Tuesday, saying it would restore
stability to Israel´s coalition and avoid the need for an early vote.
In a survey published in the Maariv newspaper on Wednesday, 30.7
percent of respondents expressed support for the formation of the
surprise coalition, with 29.9 percent saying they were opposed and 31
percent expressing indifference.
But over half of respondents -- 50.9 percent -- said the move
was "justified as far as the interests of the country are concerned."
A poll published by the Israel HaYom newspaper found similar
sentiments, with 39.6 percent expressing support for the decision,
31.9 percent opposed and 28.4 percent unsure.
And a third survey, broadcast on Israel´s Channel 10, found 44
percent support for the decision, with 37 percent opposed and 19
percent saying they had no opinion.
The Maariv poll, which surveyed 550 people, found that 57.4 percent
believed the new government would last until late next year, when
elections are scheduled to take place.
But they were less confident that the government would be able to
carry out its stated priorities, which include reforming a law that
allows ultra-Orthodox Jews to defer military service and overhauling
Israel´s political system.
Just 37.7 percent believe the coalition will be able to achieve those
goals, with 46.7 percent convinced the government will fail and 15.6
percent saying they were unsure.
The agreement, which is set to be voted on by the Knesset on
Wednesday, will put Netanyahu at the helm of a ruling coalition with
an overwhelming 94 votes in the 120-seat parliament. (Copyright ©
2012 Agence France Presse. 05/09/12)
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