Tel Aviv (Aug. 13)
The incumbent Likud team heading the government has gained support among the public since the elections last month, according to a public opinion poll published in the Jerusalem Post.
Premier Menachem Begin’s popularity was 45.3 percent just before the difficult coalition agreement was reached last week (up from 43.7 percent just before the elections), while his runner-up was Yitzhak Rabin (15.0 percent) followed by Shimon Peres (10.4 percent). Ariel Sharon received 39.5 percent as Defense Minister, followed by Rabin with 14.2 and Haim Barlev with 8.8 percent.
Yitzhak Shamir narrowly led Abba Eban by 27.3 to 23.3 percent, as choice for Foreign Minister, while Yoram Aridor received 35.9 percent as Finance Minister, against 16.8 percent for Labor’s candidate Haim Ben-Shachar.