“Anyone but Bibi’: Israeli PM popularity slumps as 90% of his Campaign Money Comes from US

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“Israel’s Prime Minister has kicked off his re-election campaign, with a well-funded operation, much of which is coming from abroad. More than 230,000 dollars has come in from various donors in the United States. It makes up almost 90% of Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election funds, most of it coming just from three American families. But even all that money can’t buy popularity – Bibi’s ratings are languishing, as voters look to alternatives, as Paula Slier reports.”

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5 Responses

  1. I know I’m used to expensive American elections, but can $230,000 really be 90% of his total re-election money?

    • I was thinking the same thing. I did a little poking around and read that Israel provides substantial public funds for elections. Maybe they limit spending as well. What a concept.

  2. Several reasons why PM Netanyahu remains the favorite among knowledgeable Israeli political insiders to be re-elected:

    (1) there is an ongoing Attorney General corruption investigation targeting 30 public figures affiliated with the right-wing Yisrael Beitenu Party:

    link to abcnews.com

    link to haaretz.com

    Yisrael Beitenu is expected by political experts in Israel to lose about 4 of its 13 seats it currently holds in the Knesset and the ongoing Attorney General corruption investigation – which party leader Avigdor Lieberman has said is politically driven – is likely to further damage the electoral fortunes of the party and drive right-wing voters toward the similarly conservatively-oriented Likud Party of the prime minister.

    (2) the International Criminal Court application of Palestine is an issue that PM Netanyahu is viewed by the electorate as having the best political experience to contend with;

    (3) the Labor Party candidate Isaac Herzog, a son of former Israeli president Chaim Herzog, is viewed by many Israelis as too leftist-leaning – he recently met with Irish Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, who has visited Gaza in the past and has been a vocal supporter of the Palestinian cause.

    (4) no other prominent Israeli with PM experience (e.g. Ehud Barak, Shimon Peres) has announced his candidacy.

    • So, basically, the majority of Israelis are right-wing racists, and Netenyahu has that vote locked up.

      Doesn’t surprise me. The left-wing Israelis started emigrating after Rabin was assassinated, the extremist right-wingers still have lots and lots of children, and I don’t see a demographic counterweight to those trends *among those who are allowed to vote* in Israel. The Russian immigrants might be a counterweight but have not proven to be.

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