A new Israeli poll has shown that about two-thirds (63%) of Israelis expressed agreement with the statement that “In reality, most of the Palestinians do not accept the existence of the State of Israel and would destroy it if they could, despite the fact that the PLO leadership is conducting peace negotiations with Israel,” with only 20% disagreeing with the statement. The poll, funded by the
Other recent Israeli polls:
· November 2008: A Ma’agat Mohot poll shows that one-third of Israelis (33% – 67%) believe it would be legitimate for soldiers to refuse orders to remove settlements from the
· July 2008: Nearly three-quarters 73% of
· February 2008: Tel Aviv University’s February 2008 Peace Index poll showed that 71 per cent of Israelis believe that Israel should not accept Hamas’ offer to stop the fire in return for Israel ceasing its operations in Gaza and the West Bank and its pursuit of Hamas leaders. Whereas only 4% supported the present policy of restraint and 17% favored negotiating a cease-fire with Hamas, 26% called for reoccupying Gaza and staying there for an unlimited time, while one-third wanted a limited military operation in Gaza after which the IDF would withdraw (‘Majority of Israelis are against cease-fire with Hamas,’
- An October 2007 Brains’ Trust (Maagar Mochot) Research Institute poll shows 53 percent of Israelis oppose U.S. funding for the Palestinian Authority (PA), only 16 percent support it.
- An October 2007 Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research and the Evens Program in Mediation and Conflict Resolution of Tel Aviv University poll has shown that a clear majority of Jewish Israelis 59 percent to 33 percent oppose, even in return for a peace agreement, Israel handing over to the PA various Arab neighborhoods in the eastern half of Jerusalem.
- A May 2007 Dahaf Institute poll for the Knesset Channel found 68 percent of Israelis oppose withdrawing from the Golan Heights and that 53 percent oppose withdrawals from Judea and Samaria, in both cases, even in return for a “real peace.”
- A March 2007 INSS (previously Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies) poll showed that 72 percent of Israelis oppose uprooting Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and 71 percent believe that the Palestinian Arabs’ goal is destroying Israel, not a peaceful Palestinian state alongside Israel. It also showed only 28 percent of Israelis support the ‘land for peace’ formula, 58 percent oppose it.
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “We see here a very clear realization by a large majority of the Israeli public that the true goal of the Palestinians is the elimination of