In a survey conducted towards of last month on behalf of Haaretz by the Dialog Institute headed by Tel Aviv University’s Camil Fuchs, to test how much favor Israel’s leaders have in the eyes of the public, President Reuven Rivlin headed the popularity poll with a rating of 72 per cent in terms of the nation’s satisfaction with his performance. Coming almost equal second were Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot.
In the satisfaction stakes, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scored a 50 per cent rating which means that half the population thinks he’s doing a good job. Before he called elections, his rating was only 38 per cent.
Rivlin was the keynote speaker on Sunday night at the prestigious Herzliya Conference, and Netanyahu will be the keynote speaker at the closing session on Tuesday night.