Haaretz again made one of its controversial polls. This time, however, the poll is not about the upcoming Knesset elections, it’s a simpler question…
Who would you most like to spend an evening with?
The answers are not Britney Spears nor Sandra Bullock. Israelis had to choose between these politicians:
- Aryeh Deri
- Avigdor Lieberman
- Benjamin Netanyahu
- Naftali Bennett
- Shelly Yacimovich
- Tzipi Livni
- Yair Lapid
Ironically, the answers were not identical to the latest Haaretz poll that asked “who would you vote for if elections were held today”, which means Israelis might like a politician very much but yet they would not vote for them to get a Knesset seat!
So, the top 7 answers were…
1: Benjamin Netanyahu! (20%)
The legendary prime minister of the state of Israel was ranked number one among all the names available in the poll. Netanyahu became more of a hero after the latest air strikes he operated against Hamas. Many Israelis saw Bibi (Netanyahu) as a national hero who would alone be able to defend the state and provide security.
The 63-year-old politician, according to the poll, is the one who Israelis would most like to spend an evening with.
2: Yair Lapid! (14%)
The handsome Israeli actor, news anchor (oops and politician!) Yair Lapid from Tel Aviv who founded a party called יש עתיד (Yesh Atid or There is a Future) came second to Bibi with 14% of Israelis would like to spend an evening with him. His whole party Yesh Atid got only 7% when the poll asked “who would you vote for if elections were held today”.
3: Naftali Bennett (11%)
The Israeli businessman and politician from Haifa who founded the right-wing הבית היהודי (Habayt Hayehudi or The Jewish Home) didn’t change his position in the polls, he got 11% here and also 11% in the elections poll.
4: Aryeh Deri: (8%)
The Moroccan-born controversial man of Shas who served for 22 months in prison for taking $155,000 in bribes, is back again in this poll with 8% of the poll participants saying they would like to spend an evening with him.
5: Tzipi Livni (8%)
Tzipi Livni has proven how formidable and popular she is in the last few polls, she founded her new party התנועה (hatnua or The Movement) just a few weeks ago and yet it scores! The recent polls show that her party will get around 9% of the coming Knesset seats while 8% say they would like to spend an evening with her.
6: Avigdor Lieberman (7%)
To be honest, I can’t imagine myself spending an evening with Avigdor Lieberman, don’t get me wrong I have nothing against the guy, but I just don’t like how he talks, looks or sounds like!
However, today Lieberman was officially charged with corruption. Let’s see where these charges will lead him. I just heard on TV that he will be prohibited from taking any official offices, however, he still can run for Knesset.
7: Shelly Yachimovich (5%)
The 52-year-old leader of העבודה (haavodah or the Labor Party) came at the end of the list with only 5% saying they would like to spend an evening with her, however, when people were asked who they would vote for in the coming elections, 20% said they would vote for her party.
So, how about you? If you could choose a politician to spend an evening with, who would that be? My answer is Yuval Steinitz, the Israeli Finance Minister.