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Survey: Most Jews Oppose Unilateral Moves

The Peace Index shows most of Israel's Jews dislike both the idea of annexing territory and that of withdrawing.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 6/5/2014, 7:19 PM

Protesters in front of Hevron's Peace House
Protesters in front of Hevron's Peace House
Roman Lozovsky

Both left-wing and right-wing ideas for unilateral action on the Palestinian problem are not very popular in the Israeli public.

The May 2014 Peace Index poll by Tel Aviv University asked the people surveyed to what extent they agree with the claim that because of the failure of negotiations with the Palestinian Arabs, Israel should officially annex the areas that are important to it for settlement and security in Judea and Samaria.

Among Jews, about 33%, or one third, agreed moderately or strongly, and 49% disagreed, whether strongly or moderately.

The poll also asked for people's opinion as whether Israel should, “for its own reasons, unilaterally withdraw from substantial parts of the West Bank/Judea and Samaria so as to reduce its control over the Palestinian population and avoid a binational reality.” Close to 37% agreed moderately or strongly, but 60% disagreed moderately or strongly.

A full 68% were in favor of continuing negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. However, a majority thinks nothing will come of the talks. Over 70% said that they do not believe that negotiations between Israel and the PA will lead to peace between Israel and the Palestinians in the coming years.