According to a new poll released by the Israel Democracy Institute, some 52% of the Israeli public (49.5% of the Jews and 66% of the Arabs who participated in the survey) believes that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should resign if Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit recommends that he be indicted for any of the alleged legal improprieties for which he has been under investigation.
However, when the data is analyzed by party affiliation, there is a wide difference of opinion regarding the question of whether Netanyahu should resign if indicted. Only 10% of Likud and 22% of Shas members participating in the poll believe that the prime minister should step down if indicted. In marked contrast, 89% of Joint List voters, 87% of Labor, 87% of Israel Resilience, 83% of Yesh Atid and 78% of Kulanu voters think Netanyahu should resign if that happens.
On Friday, February 1, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit formally announced that he will make and announce his decision whether to indict Netanyahu’s before the upcoming April 9 general election.