Most Israelis critical of Defense Minister Ya’alon

February 2, 2016  

The Peace Index, the monthly survey conducted by Tel Aviv University and the Israeli Democracy Institute, have come up with some notable results.

Regarding the French proposal for an international conference, 70 percent of Israelis support a meeting between Mahmoud Abbas and Binyamin Netanyahu, while 27 percent oppose it. Even among right-wing voters, 46 percent are in favor of such a meeting.

In addition, most Israelis (62 percent) support negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, though only 29 percent believe that negotiations will bring peace in the next few years.

Most Israelis (63 percent) do not believe Abbas’s statements over the past two weeks, in which he claimed that he suggested a meeting while Netanyahu never answered. Among Israeli Jews specifically that figure rises to 72 percent.

Yisrael Beytenu and Likud voters support Herzog’s “separation” concept

When discussing internal conflicts in the Labor party and the opposition, 41.5 percent of responders said they agreed with Zionist Union head Yitzhak Herzog’s recent comments that “We must separate as many Palestinians as possible as fast as possible and create a barrier between Jerusalem and the neighboring Palestinian villages.” Fifty-two percent were opposed.

This image changes slightly when only examining the Jewish community. Forty-nine percent of Jews support the policy, while 44 percent disagree. Among Zionist Union supporters, a slim majority is opposed (49 percent, versus 43 percent). Yisrael Beytenu and Likud voters, however, have a higher rate of approval (78 and 64 percent, respectively). At the same time, Meretz and Jewish Home supporters were largely opposed (75 and 55 percent, respectively).

Bennett’s majority

A majority of 51 percent of those surveyed agreed with Education Minister Naftali Bennett’s (Jewish Home) criticism of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud) and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, that their policies towards Palestinians are not effective enough, while 43.5 percent disagreed. Among Jews alone, 58 percent supported Bennett’s remark.

The world is against us

As for the international criticism against Israel’s policies in Judea and Samaria, 74.5 percent of those questioned say that the international community does not treat the Israeli and Palestinian national interests equally (82 percent of Jews agreed with the statement).

Furthermore, 49.5 percent believe that Israel does not need to take this criticism seriously. Fifty percent believe that there is a high chance that the international community will pressure Israel to give up Judea and Samaria (compared to the 33 percent who think that such pressure will not be used in the next few years).

The survey further found that 40 percent of Israelis agreed that, should the current situation continue, the international community will treat Israel as an apartheid country.

Annexation and discrimination

The Jewish community is divided on the question of whether it is time for Israel to official annex all the land captured in the Six Day War that are still under Israeli control. About half of the population (52 percent) does not agree with the statement that “the Israeli-Palestinian conflict might not be comfortable but it can continue for many more years without harming the security and existence of Israel.” Forty-one percent disagreed.

Finally, 58.5 percent of those questioned believe that Israel’s continued rule in Judea and Samaria does not prevent it from being a true democracy.

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