Eighty percent of Israelis believe that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could have done more to prevent the October 7 assault on Israel by Hamas, a new poll by Ma’ariv, an Israeli newspaper, found.

Israel’s army chief of staff, head of military intelligence and the head of Shin Bet intelligence service all have accepted responsibility for their failure to prevent the attack and deaths of more than 1,400 civilians.

Although the prime minister has yet to make a clear statement regarding his responsibility for allegedly failing as a government and security leader, he acknowledged the array of questions about the attack.

“We will investigate everything thoroughly,” said Netanyahu.


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Even 69% of voters from Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party agreed that he should accept responsibility.

The survey included a match-up between Netanyahu and former Defense Minister Benny Gantz, who is currently the head of a centrist party. It found that 48% believed that Gantz would make a better prime minister and 28% for Netanyahu.

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