Israel is now a right-wing nation

Thursday, February 12, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

If the results of Tuesday's election were not enough to convince observers that the Jewish state is shifting to the right, an Israeli pollster has published figures revealing that a mere 6 percent of Israelis today define themselves as left-wing liberals.

Speaking to The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, Rafi Smith of the Rafi Smith Institute survey group said he polled some 1,700 Israelis just after they voted a day earlier to find out how they see themselves and their picks for government in terms of their values.

Forty-three percent of respondents said they are either right-wing or center-right. Another 24 percent said they are in the center of the political spectrum, and 13 percent more said they are center-left.

A mere 6 percent said they see themselves as full left-wing.

Those numbers translated into just 16 mandates for Israel's two pure left-wing Knesset parties, Labor and Meretz.

By contrast, Labor and Meretz won a combined 56 Knesset seats in the 1992 general election.

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