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Poll finds most Israelis dissatisfied with government’s foreign policies

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 A mere 11% of Israelis are satisfied with the government’s performance in foreign relations, while 60% are not satisfied.

Only seven percent of Israelis think Israel’s international standing is good, according to a poll released by regional foreign policy think tank Mitvim Thursday.

A mere 11% of Israelis are satisfied with the government’s performance in foreign relations, while 60% are not satisfied, an increase of 34% since 2014. Two-thirds of Israelis felt that Israel should focus more on its internal issues, than foreign policy, while 19% said the opposite.

More than half (58%) think Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed in his efforts to stop the Iranian nuclear project.

The vast majority Israelis polled were also critical of the prime minister giving many of the Foreign Ministry’s responsibilities to other ministers and keeping the foreign portfolio for himself, with 78% saying that doing so endangers national security. 59% are unsatisfied with the Foreign Ministry.

The poll included an open question of which MKs stand out in the area of foreign policy, and Netanyahu came in first place at 21%, followed by Education Minister Naftali Bennett and former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman tied at 17%, then Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid (12%), MK Tzipi Livni (Zionist Union), a former foreign minister, and opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) at 5%, and Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely and Interior Minister Silvan Shalom, a former foreign minister, tied at 4%.

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