A survey by the Israel Institute for Democracy reveals that economic and social issues are more of a concern to Israelis than security issues.
Economic issues appear little in the Israeli political debate stage that is instead largely focused on security and societal issues.
Despite the concerns of the population, the Israeli economy started strongly in the first quarter of 2019 with a GDP surge of 5.2% and unemployment at 3.6%.
The Labor Party unveiled this week its economic component which contains important measures, such as the increase of 30% of the minimum wage and a consequent increase of pensions and social assistance.
In early January, the Israeli Social Security Department published its annual report on poverty, which shows the stark economic contrasts in the Israeli population. Voters are hoping that the parties they vote for will take the issue to heart, and help close the big divide between the rich and poor.
Inspired by the French movement, hundreds of Israeli’s in Tel Aviv dressed in yellow to protest the increase in prices of dairy products, bread, and electricity.
According to a poll conducted by Magar Mochot Institute, Benyamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party would win 31 seats if elections were held today.
The Blue and White party led by former Chief of Staff Benny Gantz would receive 30 seats, followed by the Arabic list with 12 seats.
The left opposition is seeking to unite to prevent the Likud in power since 2009, and well placed in the polls, to win again the poll in September. Last month, the leftist Meretz Party and the party of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak united together t form the ”Israel Democratic Party”.
According to the poll, they would reach 9 seats, followed by Avigdor Lieberman’s Israel Beiteinu’s party and United Torah Judaism who would receive 7 seats apiece.
General elections in Israel will take place on the 17th of September 2019