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Netanyahu in lead but criticism of his pandemic management persists

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As Israel heads to the fourth election in two years, political parties are using the pandemic to score points with voters. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP)

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In past elections, the Israeli people generally voted based on security issues, especially how each party views the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Issues such as the economy, health and education took the backstage during those elections, as how Israel should respond to Hamas, the P.A., the Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, and Iran was deemed to be more important. 

However, for the first time ever, this election in Israel is expected to be dominated not by the Palestinian issue, but how each political party plans to deal with the coronavirus. 

Recently, it was reported that four million Israeli citizens have received the coronavirus vaccine, which the incumbent Likud Party touts as a great achievement heading into the elections.   

Not too long ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave an interview to Channel 12’s Yonit Levy, where he proclaimed that pretty soon, Israelis who have been vaccinated and thus possess the green passport will be able to enjoy Israel opening up: “People who have the green passport can go to cinemas, basketball games, soccer games, restaurants and go abroad.  Those who do not cannot.  By doing this, I want to reward the vaccinated and to encourage those who have not been vaccinated.”

When Levi told Netanyahu that he did not respond quickly enough to the pandemic, he replied: “The main thing here is that we are leading the world in vaccinations, that we will exit [the pandemic] first, and I will push Israel to lead the world economically. But ‘na na na na na’ — let’s look for another point and another thing, but that’s the big picture.”

However, not everyone agrees with this assessment.

New Hope Party leader Gideon Sa’ar, who seeks to unseat Netanyahu, stated in a Tel Aviv International Salomon/Jerusalem Post webinar: “This government failed and failed badly on the coronavirus. They failed on all important issues: enforcement, education, protecting businesses, they paved a huge path for importing the coronavirus from abroad by not checking people who enter into our airport, by not isolating them effectively after entry, etc.”

Sa’ar also chastised Netanyahu for not opening up schools in green cities: “He uses primitive closures, but we have other tools. I have been speaking for months already about the massive checking of the population, which will make it easier to find people who are ill, even if they are not symptomatic. This is a quicker and cheaper way to confront the coronavirus. We didn’t use it.”  

In an exclusive interview, MK Ayoob Kara (Likud) accused Sa’ar of lying to the Israeli public: “Gideon Sa’ar knows that if Bibi is successful with the corona, there is no way that they will win, for these elections are about the coronavirus. So, they lie and say Israel has a problem. The truth is that Israel does the right steps with the testing and the vaccines. Israel is number one in the world.” 

This is a fact that was confirmed by Professor Amos Adler, director of Clinical Microbiology at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, who reported that Israel gives more corona tests per capita than any nation in the world. Similarly, the New York Times recently wrote an article that praised Israel’s mass vaccination campaign, stressing that it led to a rapid decline in corona cases. 

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While Israel has administered more vaccines per capita than any other country on earth and any Israeli over age 16 can now get the vaccine, the average American will not have access to the vaccine till May/June and it won’t be available for all Canadians until September.  

“30 percent of the citizens of Israel in one month did the vaccine,” MK Kara noted. “That means that we are in the right process as a state. Every day, after the vaccine, the number of deaths decreases significantly. But of course, all the parties that do not need Netanyahu anymore, they say that we are in a bad situation and do everything against them, for they are not relevant if they say otherwise.” 

According to MK Kara, “We are better off than most states. We do not need legitimacy from Sa’ar. Israel is in the right process to defeat the corona better than any state.” 

The question remains, which side does the Israeli public support? 

If the recent Channel 12 poll projections are applied:

Likud would win 29 Knesset seats, followed by

Yesh Atid (18),

New Hope (13),

Yamina (10),

the Joint Arab List (9),

Sephardi ultra-Orthodox party Shas (8),

Ashkenazi Haredi party United Torah Judaism (7),

Yisrael Beytenu (7),

Labor (6),

Religious Zionist Party (5),

Meretz (4) and

Blue and White (4). 

If the public ends up voting like this, forming a coalition is expected to be an uphill struggle.

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights.  She is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings at the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”  

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