Poll Finds Lapid Perceived More Powerful Than Bennett

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (left), Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (center), and Justice Minister Gideon Saar. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The widely held perception that while Naftali Bennett currently serves as prime minister, the real power in the government is in the hands of Foreign Minister Yair Lapid was confirmed in a poll released on Sunday.

When asked who is the “most powerful” person in the government, respondents named Lapid, but not by much.

The June 2021 Israeli Voice Index found that 26% think Lapid is the most powerful, versus Bennett with 19% , followed by Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas (11%).

Regarding the stability of the unprecedentedly diverse coalition, over a third of Israelis (36.6%) said they thought it has a moderately high chance to last at least a year; 29.2% said there’s a moderately low chance that happens. Less than 10% said there’s either a very high or very low chance it survives a year.

Israelis trust their government’s ability to handle the recent COVID-19 outbreak, with 54% saying they trust it to a great extent or moderately trust it. However, 42% fear that someone in their family will be infected with COVID-19, the highest percentage since December 2020.

Disruptions to summer travel plans were noted. Only 7.3% of Israelis said they’ve booked and plan to take a summer vacation despite rising COVID-19 cases worldwide. 13.8% planned trips but aren’t sure if they’ll go; and 12.8% planned a trip and then cancelled.

As for Iran’s chances of getting the bomb now that Joe Biden is president, 50.5% said that they don’t rely on Biden’s recent promise to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon while he’s in office. 40% trust the American president while 9.5% said they don’t know.

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