Shimoni said that he is not at all confident of the results of such a referendum: "We don't feel that it's in our pocket, and there is what to fear. But we fear even more a civil war that appears to be bearing down upon us. Just look at the recent developments [the calls upon soldiers to refuse orders, and the counter-calls - ed.]. Amidst all this chaos, it is appropriate to try to instill such order. I personally am very much against a referendum on the Land of Israel, but if there is no choice, this could be the tool by which the Prime Minister could gain some legitimacy for his otherwise illegitimate acts."
Asked what would be his own reaction in case the nationalist camp loses in the referendum, Shimoni said, "The question should really be what Sharon will do in case he loses, based on his response to the Likud party referendum... For us, it's a very hard question. We will continue to fight, with all the democratic tools at my disposal, to protect our homes - but at least there will not be a civil war in the end."