Poll: Most Jewish Israelis support annexation

May 11, 2020 by JNS
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A majority of Jewish Israelis (52 per cent) support Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to apply sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, according to a poll published on Sunday.

Israelis participate in a march to celebrate Israel’s 71st Independence Day near Havat Gilad in Judea and Samaria on May 9, 2019. Photo by Hillel Maeir/Flash90.

However, only 32 per cent of Jewish Israelis actually think the government will actually annex any territory, according to the Israeli Voice Index for April carried out by the Israel Democracy Institute.

Among Jews, 71 per cent of those on the right support annexation of parts of Judea and Samaria, while in the centre the figure is 31 per cent and on the left only 8 per cent.

On security issues, the most optimistic were Jews on the right (82 per cent), followed by the centre (69 per cent) and the left (53 per cent).

As to what rights the Palestinians living in the annexed areas should have, most Jews (37 per cent) said they should not be changed while among Arabs, the most common opinion (47 per cent) was that these Arabs should be given citizenship.

With regard to national security issues, optimism among Jews was at 75 per cent, while among Arabs it stood at only 43 per cent.

The survey was conducted by the Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research at the Israel Democracy Institute online and by telephone from April 30 to May 3. Of the 769 respondents, 615 were interviewed in Hebrew and 154 in Arabic.



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