News Brief 3/18/2007, Adar 28, 5767
Half of Israeli Arabs Support Terrorist Kidnappings
Almost one half (49.7%) of Israeli Arabs support the kidnapping of IDF soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, according to a recent survey that examined the attitudes of Israel's Arab citizens towards the 2006 war with Hizbullah. Goldwasser and Regev were kidnapped by the Syrian-backed terrorist group Hizbullah in July of 2006.
While 89.1% of the Arabs surveyed believe that Israel’s use of bombs against Hizbullah targets was a war crime, only 44% said the same of Hizbullah’s use of rockets against Israeli towns. 48.2% expressed support for Hizbullah’s attacks on Israeli civilians during the war.
Professor Sami Samuha, Dean of Social Sciences at Haifa University and the man who conducted the survey, expressed surprise at the results. Samuha explained that he had expected Arab Israelis to be more supportive of Israel’s actions in the war, especially in light of the fact that several of Hizbullah’s rockets hit Arab towns, killing several residents and putting both Arabs and Jews in equal danger.