Netanyahu would beat even Herzl for prime minister

Sunday, April 29, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu's star continues to rise among an Israeli public fed up with its current leadership.

In a special survey on Sunday to mark the 147th birthday of the father of modern Zionism, Theodore Herzl, Geocartographia asked 500 Israelis who they would most like to see lead the nation. Just the make things interesting, the author of "The Jewish State" was thrown into the mix.

Despite the fact that he lived in a different era, 20.5 percent of respondents indicated that they see Herzl's positions as still relevant today, and would vote for him as prime minister, given the opportunity.

That put Herzl in second place behind Netanyahu, who garnered 36 percent of the vote.

Ever since what most Israelis see as the nation's failed war effort against Lebanon's Hizballah last summer, public opinion polls have shown Netanyahu trouncing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in early elections.

Sunday's poll was no different, as Olmert managed to win the support of a mere 2.3 percent of respondents.

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