Archive for April, 2011

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Stand-Up: Jeremy Saltan

Known as the ‘Political Man of Comedy’ due to his legislative work in the Knesset, Jeremy’s stand up show is not one of your average stand-up performances. In his routine, he tells many personal stories about his aliyah from Chicago to Bet Shemesh, his army service, the daily troubles of Israeli life, his religious lifestyle and the inside of Israeli politics.

Jeremy is co-owner of Jerusalem’s ‘Off The Wall’ Comedy Basement and a house comedian. He also covers the Knesset’s legislative activity for the English speaking public at

A Panels polling company internet-based poll taken today for Knesset Channel 99 asked Israeli voters who they would vote for if elections were held today. The poll was conducted to gauge the response to Liberman being charged with fraud, breach of trust, obtaining something through deceit, money laundering and witness harassment. The results show a shift of support to Foreign Minister Liberman. According to the poll Kadima would remain the largest party with 28 seats, with Likud one seat behind at 27. Liberman’s Yisrael Beitenu would receive 20 seats, a gain of five from the last elections and just seven seats behind Netanyahu and Likud. Shas would receive 9 seats and Labor 8. Results for the smaller parties were not published.

A second poll was taken to examine the potential results should Liberman be forced to step down as the head of Yisrael Beitenu due to his legal troubles. The results of that poll showed that Yisrael Beitenu would receive 19 seats instead of 20. Kadima, Likud, Shas and Labor would receive the same number of seats as indicated in the first poll.

An internet-based poll by Panels Polling Company, conducted and published yesterday, reveals that if elections were held today Netanyahu’s Likud would be re-elected, defeating Livni’s Kadima. Likud would also become the Knesset’s largest party. This is the fourth poll conducted since the Bibi-Tours scandal with this result. According to the poll Likud would receive 30 seats, Kadima 28, Yisrael Beitenu 17, Shas 10, and Labor led by Amir Peretz just six seats. Results for the smaller parties were not released.

On the same day that former defense minister and Labor party chairman Peretz announced his candidacy for the third straight election the poll also asked the overall public who they support to lead the Labor party. The results show that Peretz is off to a slow start: Yacimovich received 34% of the vote, Herzog 27% and Peretz 8%. It is believed that Peretz has higher numbers among Labor party voters.

Three polls carried out following the initial Channel 10 report on the alleged Bibi Tours affair showed that Netanyahu’s Likud would remain the front-runner if elections were called today. The first poll awards the conservative block with 71 seats, an increase of six, although two of the seats gained are by the conservative opposition party National Union. The second poll, another in a series of liberal dream scenario polls including various potential parties, would limit the conservative block to 60 seats. The third poll maintains the conservative block’s current 65 seats, although those seats are redistributed at the expense of Shas. In all three polls Kadima would fall to become Israel’s second biggest party, the Labor party stands to lose seats and Ehud Barak’s Independence party does not pass the threshold.

Current Knesset seats in [brackets]. Poll #1 Poll #2 Poll #3
[28] Kadima 27 22 28
[27] Likud 29 24 30
[15] Yisrael Beitenu 16 17 16
[11] Shas 11 6 8
[08] Labor 7 6 7
[05] Yahadut Hatorah 6 6 5
[05] Independence (Ehud Barak) 0 0 0
[04] National Union 6 3 5
[03] Jewish Home 3 4 3
[03] Meretz 5 3 5
[11] Arab parties 10 10 *10
[—] Yair Lapid party 9
[—] Aryeh Deri party 7
[—] Green party 3
[—] National Left Party 0 3
*10 (Balad 4, Ra’am-Ta’al 3, Hadash 3)

Poll #1: Telephone poll of a representative sample of 500 adult Israelis (including Arab Israelis) carried out by Rafi Smith for Globes Magazine on March 28-29, 2011, and published on March 31, 2011. The survey error was +/- 4.4 percentage points.

Poll #2: Telephone poll of a representative sample of 506 adult Israelis (including Arab Israelis) that carried out by Shvakim Panorama for Israel Radio’s Hakol Diburim program on March 30, 2011, and broadcast on March 31, 2011. The survey error was +/- 4.4 percentage points.

Poll #3: Internet-based poll by Panels Polling Company for Knesset Channel 99 taken over the weekend of April 1-2, 2011, and televised Sunday, April 3, 2011.