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JNS poll: Most Likud voters want Gallant fired

Forty-nine percent of Israelis believe that IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi should be fired, with 46% opposing this.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., on June 25, 2024. Photo by Andrew Harnik/Getty Images.
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., on June 25, 2024. Photo by Andrew Harnik/Getty Images.

The majority of Likud voters have lost faith in Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and would like to see him fired, according to a JNS/Direct Polls survey of public opinion carried out on July 9.

Sixty-three percent of Likud voters believe that Gallant should be sacked, compared to 29% who believe he should remain in his position. Nine percent have no opinion.

Overall, 40% of Israelis support his firing, with 53% opposing it. And 7% have no opinion.

Only 16% of Likud voters believe that Gallant’s trip last month to the U.S. was helpful, while 49% said he undermined Israel’s war goals by traveling to Washington. Thirty-four percent have no opinion on the matter.

Speaking with visiting White House envoy Brett McGurk on Wednesday, Gallant expressed support for an IDF withdrawal from the Philadelphi Corridor that controls Gaza’s international border with Egypt.

“A solution is required that will stop smuggling attempts and will cut off potential supply for Hamas, and will enable the withdrawal of IDF troops from the corridor, as part of a framework for the release of hostages,” Gallant told the U.S. official.

Fifty-seven percent of Israelis oppose the U.S.-mediated deal currently being negotiated with Hamas, according to the survey, compared to 33% who support it. Seventy-nine percent of Likud voters oppose the prospective deal, with only 14% approving.

The contours of the agreement would require Israel to withdraw from the Netzarim Corridor that controls north-south traffic in Gaza, and from the Philadelphi Corridor. In exchange for the withdrawal and the release of hundreds of terrorists from Israeli prisons, Hamas would free 18 living women and children and the bodies of 15 deceased hostages.

Meanwhile, 49% of Israelis believe that IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi should be fired, with 46% opposing it. Six percent say they don’t know.

Fifty percent of Israelis support firing Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) Director Ronen Bar, with 43% opposing. Seven percent said they don’t know.

The JNS/Direct Poll survey questioned Israelis about a host of key national security issues. The poll was carried out among 606 adults aged 18 and older, representing Israel’s general population. The statistical error is 4.4%+/-95%.

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