“Pepe is still their hero,” Avishai said.
Mr. Netanyahu also made clear, in a press conference on Saturday, that he has no intention of resigning, even after the war, and even with the Likud party falling in the polls. a Channel 13 poll He said the elections would now guarantee Likud only 16 seats, and along with the current coalition parties, only 45 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, compared to 38 seats for Mr. Netanyahu’s rival Benny Gantz and 71 seats for opposition parties.
Ms. Scheindlin, the pollster, said Likud's concerted call for wartime unity after the court ruling was politically smart, because even the party's supporters cared less about judicial reform than other issues, including the outcome of the war. However, Mr. Segal said the ruling may help shore up support for Likud, because many of the party's voters will be angry with him.
Still, the call for unity and the charge that the court's ruling hurts the war effort is “ridiculous,” Ms. Sheindlin said, “because it was the judicial reform bill that really tore the country apart.”
Mr. Netanyahu said National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir said: “The court’s decision contradicts the people’s desire for unity, especially in time of war,” while National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir said: “At a time when our soldiers are sacrificing their lives for the people of Israel in Gaza.” . “Every day, Supreme Court justices decide to demoralize themselves.”
The implication, Sheindlin said, is that “nothing we don't like should happen until the war is over, and the war will never be over,” at least not for a very long time.
Nathan Odenheimer He contributed reporting from Jerusalem.
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