It has not been an easy election season for the Likud party and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. They were hit first with the bottle deposit scandal which alleges Mrs. Netanyahu pocketed money earned from returning bottles in the Prime Minister’s Residence for her private use.
The next scandal was the state comptroller’s report citing excessive spending in the Prime Minister’s Residence, which may lead to a criminal investigation against a number of people, including PM Netanyahu.
The latest blow to the Netanyahu campaign came on Wednesday evening 6 Adar when the state comptroller released a damaging report that includes a scathing criticism of government failures regarding the nation’s housing crisis. While portions of the report refer to the Olmert administration, most pertains to the Netanyahu administrations. The report cites “poor government, poor planning and implementation, lack of coordination between ministries and agencies” as some of the major causes for today’s unacceptable housing situation nationwide.
A Panels election poll commissioned by Maariv was released on Thursday, 7 Adar. The poll places Labor/The Movement in the lead with 24 seats, as compared to Likud with 23. Other polls this week show Likud trailing by more.
Labor/The Movement: 24
Arab bloc: 13
Bayit Yehudi: 12
Yesh Atid: 12
Yahadut Hatorah: 7
Yisrael Beitenu: 5
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)