Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “What do you think of the new Israeli government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu?” Of the 258 people who responded, 58% said “I don’t like it overall”; 19% said, “Cautious — wait and see how they act”; 19% said “I like it overall”; and 4% said they didn’t know or had no opinion. Comments were submitted by 80 people. A few follow.
Don’t complain if you live abroad.
I think his day has past. He is lucky not to be in jail. His view of the Palestinian issue is not in line with reality
It makes me afraid for the status of my citizenship since I am a convert. I have been a citizen of Israel since 2010, and it worries me they could take it away. This really affects a lot of how I relate to my chosen faith at this point. I certainly don’t feel wanted.
Any government that discriminates against women, gays, and Diaspora Jewsdoes not display Jewish values. And that does not even take into account the treatment of Palestinians.
Netanyahu is a Macabee. So proud of his courage and strength. Netanyahu secured the Abraham Accords, an incredible achievement. Good to see him back in charge.
This government is the worst thing that has happened to Israel in 40 years.
Until we live under a daily existential fear, I believe we have no right to judge Israel’s choice of leadership.
Scary, dangerous; fearful they will deliberately provoke violence against the Arabs.
The far right is a disaster for Israeli democracy, as it is for America. I am no longer proud of Israel.
Netanyahu has sold his soul to the far-right religious extremists. I am very fearful that positions taken by this government will force many American Jews and other supporters of Israel to make painful decisions that will threaten Israel’s future.
Will wait and see what policies come out of this government, but it is looking grim.
I did not vote for them. However since I’m an Israeli, I need to recognize that they are my government. Nevertheless, I hope that the opposition can take them down sooner than later.
I believe continued provocative actions by the right-wingers in his government will enable Bibi to pressure and make a deal
with the more moderate liberals in the Knesset and thereby dump the right-wingers from the government.
Let us ignore the rhetoric and hype, and judge them by their actions. PJC
— Toby Tabachnick