The Israeli government is using the deaths of over 400 Palestinians to vindicate their failed war in Lebanon. Meanwhile, though centrist parties are gaining support, Netanyahu, of the conservative Likud Party, is still the front-runner for Prime Minister. This is the same guy that threatens that there will be a world war with Iran.
With national elections approaching on Feb. 10, the Israeli assault on Gaza has boosted support for Barak's Labor Party, the standard-bearer for Israel's peace camp, by making it look tough.
The poll showed overall support for moderate and centrist parties going up, while support for hard-line and religious parties went down — leaving each side with half the seats in parliament if elections were held today.
The survey, carried out by the Dialog company, showed jumps in the approval ratings for Israel's top three leaders — Barak, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert...
"We are spoiled and impatient — we like our wars short," said Israeli historian Tom Segev. If fighting goes on too long, or if it ends with an inconclusive cease-fire, Segev said, Israelis will turn on the government as they did after the Lebanon war.
"The mood will change fast," he said.
Neoconservatism is still alive and well in the Middle East.