Public support for Netanyahu's speech is sky-high, even though Israelis do not have illusions about the prime minister's motives, which they generally attribute to American pressure. But it turns out that Israelis prefer a prime minister who does the right thing even if he does it for the wrong reasons.
And most of the public thinks the right thing is the combination found in Netanyahu's address: right-wing rhetoric mixed with the desire for peace, an undivided Jerusalem, opposition to the return of Palestinian refugees, a demand for defensible borders, and the words that made the big headline - a demilitarized Palestinian state
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The numbers show that when Netanyahu deals with leadership on defense and policy matters without scare tactics, the public supports him...Netanyahu needs to operate less and lead more. Another conclusion is that maybe he should speak to the public more often, on condition that he says what the public wants to hear.
The Israeli public overwhelmingly supports Netanyahu's speech - 71 percent...Israelis...do not believe there will be any real change in the region as a result of the speech. A large majority of Israelis surveyed say the peace process will not see any breakthrough in the wake of the address, and an even larger majority says a demilitarized Palestinian state will not be established in the next few years, as Netanyahu himself now supports.
...The survey shows that 90 percent of Likud voters, an incredible figure, agreed with what Netanyahu said in his speech. Maybe they are aware that a Palestinian state will not emerge as a result, so they are not worried.
So, how does the revenant community, the official Yesha Council, as well as other bodies and groups, solidify public support based on Netanyahu's consolidation of a fundamental positive and pro-Eretz Yisrael attitude?
Not that hard:
Don't speak shrilly. Smile in interviews.
Always justify disagreement in moderate terminology but based on a fact the public is familiar with and agrees with.
Don't act violently or seem to appear violent.
Don't attack police or soldiers.
Highlight big minuses of proposed Pal. state based on past performance.
In addition to Bible and history, use legal rights, human rights and security needs.
Bring people out to Yesha.
Reach out to supporters from wherever.
Launch diplomatic and media campaigns.
Any other ideas?