55% of Israelis think recent lockdown was politically motivated

The survey also highlighted the lack of trust in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to manage the coronavirus crisis.

By: Maayan Jaffee-Hoffman/Jerusalem Post

A poster of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a puppetmaster, Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv, September 10, 2020 (photo credit: MIRIAM ALSTER/FLASH90)
A poster of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a puppetmaster, Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv, September 10, 2020(photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90

More than half of Israelis believe politics and not health was the motivation behind the current national lockdown, according to a poll released Tuesday by the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI).

When broken down by party, more than one-quarter of Likud voters (26%) agreed the considerations behind the decision on the holiday lockdown were mostly or only political. Some 81% of Blue and White voters and 51% of United Torah Judaism voters said they felt the same way.

The survey, the 13th of its kind since the start of the pandemic, also highlighted the lack of trust in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to manage the coronavirus crisis.

Some 63% of Israelis have “little” or “no trust at all” in the prime minister’s ability to lead the effort against the coronavirus, the survey found. While this is slightly less than the previous survey, it is much lower than during the first wave. Then, some 57.5% of the public reported trusting Netanyahu to manage the crisis.

The public does still express faith in coronavirus commissioner Prof. Ronni Gamzu (61%), the survey found. Also, close to half (45%) say they trust MK Yifat Shasha-Biton, the head of the Knesset Coronavirus Committee.

The survey was conducted on the internet and through telephone calls between October 12 and 14. However, it was published the same week that tens of thousands of haredi (ultra-Orthodox) yeshiva and elementary school students returned to their classrooms against the law.

More than half of the public (69% of Arab-Israelis and 53% of Jews) believe that the ultra-Orthodox violated the regulations of the lockdown.

On the other hannd, only 1% of haredim believe their community broke the rules, according to the survey.

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