Likud is crashing in the polls, the public at large is furious with the government. But a (slightly dangerous) visit to some of the party’s traditional strongholds reveals why some people continue to support Netanyahu – even now.
“The present government is only a few months old,” notes Asher Yaish. “All of Hamas’ preparations for the attack happened before that. And I’m not blaming the previous [prime ministers, Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid]. I am a man of faith. I pity those poor martyrs in the south who paid with their lives. Maybe God is now making us unite again so that others won’t be able to hurt us. If all the refusing [to report for reserve duty], all the demonstrations, all that hatred had gone on, I don’t know whether the state would exist. It made us wake up. I hope we learned the lesson.” [...]