Seventy-two percent of Israel's Jewish population over the age of 18 believes that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decided on the building freeze for Jews living in Judea and Samaria because he could not stand up to United States pressure on the matter, according to a survey taken this week by the Maagar Mochot (Brain Base) organization. Of the 512 people polled by phone, 17 percent said other factors were considered.
The same number felt the freeze would not have an effect on concessions by Israel for the resumption of diplomatic talks, while 56 percent felt it would increase pressure on Israel. Twenty-two percent felt it would lower pressure.
Forty percent believe the 10-month freeze will end up being maintained for an indefinite period.