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54% think war had no winner, poll reveals

As the argument over who won the war plays out in the political arena, most Israelis think that nobody won the war, according to a poll by Israel daily Haaretz.

The poll conducted on Wednesday had 54 percent of respondents saying there was no winner, 25% saying Israel won and 16% that Hamas won.

While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu isn’t flying as high with the public as he was at the outset of Operation Protective Edge, when his approval rating was 77%, 50% of Israelis still approve of his job performance. This represents a 10% improvement from the last poll conducted before the operation.

Netanyahu also won handily among respondents as their choice for most qualified politician to serve as prime minister, with 42% saying they preferred him, compared to 12% for opposition leader Isaac Herzog, 11% each for Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett and just 4% in favor of Finance Minister Yair Lapid.

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