Most Israelis want US-style government

Monday, September 10, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

A recent survey revealed that most Israelis are dissatisfied with the way their democracy functions. That is little surprise considering the rampant corruption charges and general ineptitude that has plagued the current government.

But many Israelis have felt this way for years, pointing out that very little actually gets done due to the fractious nature of the Knesset and the coalitions prime ministers must hobble together in order to rule.

Following a broad poll conducted at the end of July and beginning of August, Angus Reid Strategies presented data that revealed a full 64 percent of Israelis are unhappy with their democracy and would like to see a major change.

A 29 percent majority of Israelis said they would like to implement a US-style government with separate executive and legislative branches. Another popular choice, which won the backing of 26 percent of Israelis, was the French-style system, with the president in charge of foreign policy and the prime minister in charge of domestic affairs.

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