Netanyahus approval rating plummets

A poll of Israelis showed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval rating has plunged to 38 percent in the last month from a high of 82 percent.

Netanyahu’s approval rating was at its highest in the days after Israel began its ground war in Gaza, according to the poll released Aug. 25 by Israel’s Channel 2.

The survey found that 50 percent of the respondents did not approve of Netanyahu’s performance. Some 63 percent opposed  the opening of schools in southern Israel while rockets were still falling, and 68 percent did not believe the government was treating residents of the south fairly.  — jta